so now I have a broody question

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  1. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this hen who is broody has been for about 2 weeks.... I kept trying to break her but she wasnt falling for it. so I decided to let her have her way.... I gave her 3 eggs from the bator that are due next friday. so here is my question..... after the chicks hatch could I take them from her? or will she try to kill me. I have 5 other hens in the coop with her who are not the nicest ladies I ever meet. so I am concerned that they will kill the babies.....and they are already sold. so I just want to know if I take the babies from her will she stop being broody? or will she keep at it?
     
  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    she'll certainly be upset if you take her chicks away from her- it's like having your kids taken into care or something.
    If you're worried about the other chickens attacking them, maybe you could put her in a different section of the coop.
    Good luck with her hatching! [​IMG]
     
  3. yup you can take them if you want , when we take our chicks from the hens they never even put up a fuss. Our chickens are pretty tame though and used to the kids holding them and etc.

    Good luck !
    Fay
     
  4. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    Oh oops.
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  5. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that maternal instinct in the chickens but I am worried that she will get beat up and the others will hurt her babies....I would love to see if she can fend for them as that would be super cute!!!! I might have to section off a area for her!!!!
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would let her mother the chicks. Just section her off or put her in a crate. If you move her in a crate do it at night. Best of luck.
     

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