now what?!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rleepac, May 20, 2012.

  1. rleepac

    rleepac In the Brooder

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    For the first time, I let a broody hen go ahead and hatch out her clutch. They are now 5 days old and I have them in a small pen away from the rest of the flock (but with mama of course). I figure they will be ok in there for about a week and then I will move them with mama to a larger tractor to give them more room.

    The rest of the flock is free-range in the backyard...when can I let mama take her babies and free-range?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Now.
    They'll stick close to her and she'll show them what to eat and drink.
    She may also want to get back to her flock soon. A good broody will fiercely protect the chicks from all comers.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Yep, I'd let her out now. She'll let everyone else know to leave her babies alone and the babies will learn to stay out of the big girls' way. Plus, watching a momma show her babies the yard is just wonderful!

    The big hens may give a peck or two to the babies, it's just a "get out of my way you little punk" thing. Littles have to learn respect.
     

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