Removing Day Old Chicks from Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickensforkids, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. chickensforkids

    chickensforkids Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2015
    My hen hatched chicks for one of my friends. I would like to remove the chicks to give them to my friend sooner rather then later.. Is there anything special that I need to do prior to removing them?

    I imagine she will be sad, how long will this last?
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Is there any reason that your hen could not raise them?

    I know that my chicks being raised by the hen are doing much better then ones raised by humans.

    Personally I would let the hen raise them or keep one or two for her to raise if you really must give your friend day old chicks.

    If I took a chick from my broody hen she would freak out. She was very unhappy when I moved them to the larger pen. She spent every moment it took me to gather them to scream for them. I think it would be stressful for her for at least 3 days. They do not have long memories like humans do.

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