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talaye

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I have a hen that went broody. I had no idea she was even laying on her eggs. (She must have found a private place on our property) anyway I put her in a separate place from the rest of the flock. I'm wondering....is it safe to let her roam around with her chicks, or will the other chickens attack the babies? Also I worry my cats will get the babies. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
 

write2caroline

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Momma hen will protect her babies but If you could move her and her brood to a protected area she will be very successful in raising that brood of chicks. Cats will grab a chick when they can. If you have a dog crate with some hay and you can enclose it in a small run it could be very good.

Hope that helps
Caroline
 

talaye

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Glad you joined us.

Momma hen will protect her babies but If you could move her and her brood to a protected area she will be very successful in raising that brood of chicks.  Cats will grab a chick when they can.  If you have a dog crate with some hay and you can enclose it in a small run it could be very good.

Hope that helps
Caroline
 

talaye

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Thanks! I did move her and the chicks immediately from the flock, but thought it would be nice for them to be outdoors during the day. There are 9 chicks! What a surprise yesterday morning! I will probably just keep them locked up with mom to be safe thanks!
 

write2caroline

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You will not have to keep them locked up for long. I would let them out in a week or two but be out there with them so if your cats are stalking the chicks you can squirt them and discourage the behavior.

Caroline
 

talaye

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Ok good idea! Thanks! Do you think she will take them in with the rest of the flock at night? Or will she choose to take them to the private cage I set up for her? I'm so excited to have a broody hen! I just want to be sure those babies are safe!
 

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Congrats on the hatch! If there is a possibility of the cat grabbing a chick I'd keep them in and only let them roam outside under supervision. Cats are excellent hunters and a determined cat won't be put off by a protective mom.
 

talaye

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Ok. Good advice thanks! Maybe I will make the cats take turns with the chicks and only let the chicks out every once in a while with the cats locked up ( only two cats here ). So excited!
 

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