Procedure for chicks under broody??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lesa, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting chicks next week. For the past couple weeks one of my older gals has been trying to hatch a golf ball. So, I thought I would set up a small broody coop and put three of the new chicks under her. I would be feeding chick starter- should I put layer pellets in there for her or can she eat the starter?? What are the pros and cons of this idea? I know some of you have done it. I told my DD this idea and she said "Mom, you are the only farmer in the world that would think of that". Thanks!
     
  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She can eat the starter. I keep my broody in the main coop separated with chicken wire in a area ... I haven't had any problems introducing the new chicks that way as they see them from day one and just get accustomed to them.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She won't lay until she's finished caring for the chicks, so starter is fine for her, too.
     
  4. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Until recently, I've hatched all my eggs in styrofoam, and then I stuff chicks under anybody who's broody at the time. BTW, is the chicken in your avatar photo wearing the same kind of hat as you are? That's adorable!
     
  5. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the most amount of chicks you have given to broody? I presume they wouldn't hatch more than 5 or 6??
     
  6. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, catwalk. The chicken is a polish (RIP), so yes she is wearing the same kind of hat I am! Her's is just more natural!
     
  7. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    So YOU"RE wearing the same hat that SHE is! That's even better!
     

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