Nesting boxes too high for chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sharie7396, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. sharie7396

    sharie7396 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 5 hens and 1 rooster...all free range. Our miss broody is about to hatch some chicks ...no idea how many..she's got 15 eggs she's sitting on!

    I'm worried about the height of their boxes. The lowest ones are approximately 2-3 feet off the floor. Should we build a ramp? I don't feel I can move the hen with eggs at this point as they're ready any day now! This will be our first babies and I don't want them all to fall and perish.

    Any and all advice is much appreciated! :)
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    you can block them into the nesting box and then when all the chicks are hatched move them to safer ground
     
  3. sharie7396

    sharie7396 Out Of The Brooder

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    How long should I wait once they're hatched? I've seen a couple posts that suggest 3 days?
     
  4. sharie7396

    sharie7396 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also...she keeps adding eggs! She's got 17 now when I just checked. How can I prevent more chicks?
     
  5. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    when they are dry and the mother seems like she wants to get down. the chicks can go 1-2 day without food
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    You mark the eggs so you know which to remove.
     

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