New hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gmachicken, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. gmachicken

    gmachicken Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    Grants Pass, OR
    So i am getting the feeling after reading some of the recent posts about adding new members to the flock that it is best to wait to have the broodies raise them? I prefer that due to my busy schedule.
    If that is true how many chicks can a bantam hen handle. They would be of the larger varieties, BO, EEs?

  2. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Songster

    Mar 19, 2010

    My Miniature broody fostered in 6 EE chicks I bought from the feed store. She was able to cover them quite well. But then they feathered out and it looked funny when they slept cause they tried their best to get under her that it looked like a multi-head chicken. [​IMG] But she managed well. But a heat lamp would be advisable if you have more babies for a banty. But if you decide to hatch eggs 4-6 depending on the size of the broody. That is the max i placed under my Miniature hens. But they are mostly crosses now.

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