Should I move hatched chick and momma to own area?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by virgilmills, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. virgilmills

    virgilmills Hatching

    Sep 5, 2015
    Hey guys! So I let my hen sit on her eggs for the first time (about 8 eggs) and only one hatched (late, but healthy and happy). It's been aprox 30 hours since the hatch (that was on day 23 of incubation), and I don't think any others will follow.

    Question should I move her and the momma to their own little area, or let them stay in the coop with the other girls? (I'd give them their own food and water)
    Ive also thought about separating them two for the first week or so, let the babe get bigger and the hens get less jealous, and THEN let them grow up together.

    All the other hens have been great about the baby, but a couple have gone too far and tried to sit on her instead of the momma. Is this a problem? Or is it okay that multiple hens want a part?

    I have about 20 hens and 3 roosters, all super docile and sweet, so should I leave the two of them in there, or give them their own space?

  2. Paganrose

    Paganrose Songster

    May 23, 2010
    Albany,, Wisconsin
    Welcome to BYC! Make sure to check out the learning center!

    Some people separate out mama and babies, some don't.

    I prefer to have an area on the ground for mama and baby to nest in, but allow full interaction with the rest of the flock. Other hens will prefer higher nest boxes, and generally will leave mama alone if there is enough space.

    It will depend on your flock dynamic. If you see other birds picking on the baby, then separate them. Preferably in a place where the rest of the flock can see them to make integration later easier.

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