Question About Post-Hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hiddenflock, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I want to do a breeding project, and I'd like to hatch the eggs with a broody. Is there any special care you have to give chicks if they're hatched outside? Do you have to assist in their drying-off or anything like that?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Not at all. The mother will do all the work. All you have to do is provide a safe shelter for mama and chicks, and make sure they have plenty of food/water at appropriate chick levels so they can eat and drink. I always have mama on ground level so the chicks don't have to navigate any ramps or heights.
     
  3. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, Aoxa!! [​IMG]
     
  4. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    One more question: Can you hatch chicks under a broody in wintertime, if I'm going to be raising them indoors as babies?
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You can let the broody hatch and raise the chicks during winter. I've had broody hens raise chicks over winter with no problems at all. They did a very good job keeping the little ones warm. Save yourself the hassle of looking after them and let mom do it [​IMG]
     

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