now what?!?

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

  1. rleepac

    rleepac In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2011
    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

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    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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