Silly question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bessann, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Bessann

    Bessann Hatching

    Sep 14, 2016
    After four years of having chickens and trying to breed (I was never able to get one to set) I finally have an old brahma on the nest. I'm expecting hatch day this week. My hen house sits about 3 feet off the ground and is totally fenced in. They use a narrow ramp which is a little steep. My question is when my widdies as they are referred to in sw VA hatch, should I put a small house ground leveland will mamma use it. I'm afraid the widdies won't be able to get up the ramp if they were to jump or fall out. I really wasn't prepared or planning her to actually go broody. Any suggestions or should I just take them when they hatch an hand raise which I really don't want to do.

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It's not a silly question, I just am not sure how to answer. Broody hens tend to hate being moved. It can often upset them to the point they will leave the nest. Would it be possible to enclose the area where you broody is nesting, so any chicks would not fall out or be attacked by other hens?

    Once eggs are all hatched, you could move her and babies to some lower area if possible. IF she did abandon them you could raise them in a brooder.

    I think you may get much better advice if you ask on one of the many hatching threads.........
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  3. Bessann

    Bessann Hatching

    Sep 14, 2016
    Thank you for answering I did mean after they have hached I have a small house good for the purpose that I can put on the ground and in the pen I just wasn't sure she would nest there. Would I need to find a way to sort of segregate her in the area with the ground level house till they are big enough to get in and out of the big house. My pen has a top and I elevated the house to keep away predators I would put them in Kevlar vest if I could lol
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I agree with DD that you will get possibly more comprehensive advice in the forum she mentions. Providing your coop is large, and there is no overcrowding, AND your momma can hold her own against other flock members, it may be worth trying to re-jig your ramp up to the coop and leaving them within the main coop. It will cause less stress on momma and mean that your chicks are fully integrated from day 1. There would be no harm in giving your mum and chicks some personal space, but it would be important to let them out of the coop also.

    All the best and let us know how things go.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Bessann, and :welcome. Great to have you aboard. Hope you get your questions answered. Best wishes to you! :)

  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. Definitely separate mama... I like to use big dog crates or plastic storage bins as broody coops, great place for them to raise their chicks.

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