In the Brooder
- Apr 3, 2017
Our broody hen has some hatchlings! They're a cross from a Rhode Island Red rooster and Golden Comet hens. We're not sure what to do; they're in a nesting box 4 feet off the ground, and there are several more eggs to hatch yet. Should we try to move mom, eggs and chicks to an empty coop, or to the brooder? (She's been pretty adamant about staying put up tp now.) Should we separate the chicks from the brooding hen? We also have the option of leaving them be and moving the rest of the flock to another coop, although I'm a little concerned about the chicks falling out of the nesting box. Sorry for my ignorance, but we weren't exactly trying to make this happen; We've been raising layers and meat birds for a couple of years, but we've always bought day-old chicks in the past. I know how to raise hatchlings without a mother hen, just not sure what to do in this situation.