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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CAMOCLUCKS, May 14, 2009.


    CAMOCLUCKS In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2008
    St. Elmo, Illinois
    We have free range chickens and have a hen sitting on a clutch. My worry is, will the chicks be ok. I assume that the hen will take care of them and protect them, but we are still pretty new to the chicken world. This is her first time and i do not know what kind of mother she will be. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks

  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    Do you have a seperate shelter that you can put her & the nest in? The other hens might harm the chicks, and if you have hawks like we do- the chicks will get picked off one by one...

    I use milk crates filled with hay for the nest boxes. If someone gets broody- I just move the whole thing into a brooder coop. Haven't had any complaints from the hens yet- and we still have all of the chicks.

    Congrats on the broody!Good luck!

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