Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by michaelinnc84, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    I guess I'm wondering why it matters which broody raises the chicks as long as at least one of them is doing the job? Maybe the communal broody pen with all chicks together would work - I guess it depends on your flock and whether those two pullets get along. The babies will go to whomever takes care of them and make that chicken the one they follow. I think the only way to force the broody to keep their own chicks is to separate them for awhile. Maybe put them in separate pen area for a couple of days with their individual chicks so they imprint somehow. Sorry - hope someone with experience can chime in.

  2. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
  3. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2010
    the box is plastic nice and clean and dry she took them out to peck around and babies could not get back up the ramp so she layed on the ground with them finally we were able to help them back up the ramp and into the box today i am taking our dog kennel placing it in the cornor of the coop with hay in it and placing both broodies and babies in it that way it makes it easier for the chicks to get in and out and so they can sare one box and maybe stop fighing over who raises the chicks
  4. MamaRoo

    MamaRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    A ferry ride away, WA

    No, no, that will never work. What you need to do is head to the store and get you some more babies to put under broody 1. If broody 2 takes these as well, you just keep adding more chicks until everyone is satisfied.[​IMG]
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Haha! Now that is some good advice ;)
  6. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2012
    La Fayette, NY
    Sounds like you are headed in the right direction. I really liked the get more chicks until everyone is happy, though.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Mountains of Western N.C.
    I like that too, chicken math in all it's splender!! [​IMG]
  8. Zootopia

    Zootopia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2011
    Abilene, Texas
    Chick stealing is often a matter of who is the hen higher in the pecking order. As long as they are not actively fighting over the chicks, I'd just leave them be. The chicks will be taken care of and that's really the point
  9. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2010
    the chicks i used were the ones i hatched in incubator everyone around me only has older bigger chicks to sell including the feed store and TSC i got home and found one little chick out of the coop and run for some reason so i picked it up and placed it under broody 2 could not find broody 1 then i started looking she has found a dark hole to get in and under with her babies when hubby is home tonight we will move them to the coop that is empty and put the tarp over the roof so the chick does not get out again the empty coop has smalle holes in the wire on the run so they can not get out
  10. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2012
    Wellington Florida
    Day 8 and counting!!

    I recently had my hen set again, third time this year. She's a bantam Mille Fleur d'Uccle, and a super protective momma. She wouldn't start setting until she had eighteen eggs under her!! So now she's sitting under fifteen and about eleven of them show signs, but a few of them were layed later and just started to show signs. Day eight is today and the eggs are all moving so much I fear they'll hatched out too soon lol.

    Baby news

    I recently had a Silkie that hatched out about nine chicks, three of them passed for unknown reasons, but the other six are doing well. I just have one question, for some reason, the hatches were staggered. It was about one chick a day that hatched, and some are a week old now. We just had one that hatched yesterday morning, he/she's doing fine, but smaller and less feathered than the others. There is also another egg she is setting on, far along, and still alive!! It hasn't hatched yet, and I don't want to kill it if it's been waiting this long, and fought this hard to stay alive. It looks like it'd be on day seventeen or eighteen, maybe farther. I'm worried though, is there something I should be doing. I don't have an incubator as I'm trying to make one, but the first one melting the side where the light was attached and I don't know how to get the heat lower.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by