New chicks from broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Daddoo, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Daddoo

    Daddoo In the Brooder

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    Broody hen hatched 4 of 7 eggs yesterday9 /21. The chicks are peeking out from under broody 11×11 nesting box. Do I need to worry about them getting out for food and water?? I have food and water right out side box but no chicks have come out of box yet.

    Should I just let broody take care of business, she seems dedicated? Still pretty tame for being a mamma.
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Nope, mama will bring them out when she and they are ready.
    Might be more of the eggs will hatch yet.
     
  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR Crowing

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    Let Mama do her job, it sounds like she won't disappoint you!
     
  4. Pretty Birds

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    I just hatch chicks with a broody hen for the first time. The mother got up and lead them to the feeder and water when they were done hatching. I don't think you need to worry.
     
  5. Criticalicious

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    One reason to worry might be if the rest of the flock could get access and hurt the little ones or if there's a big jump out from the box or the coop that littles could injure themselves. Then you might consider isolating everybody in a dog crate for the first few days until they're feeling more confident.
     
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  6. Daddoo

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    There's one egg quater of shell off with a chick inside alive since this am. Is there reason I should assist at any point??
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, that's your call.
    But it's been 10 hours since you posted.... what happened?
     
  8. Criticalicious

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    After they break through the outer shell, it can take up to 24 hours for them to get the rest of the way out. If the mamma is still sitting on the nest, she'll take care of it.
     
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