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Staggered Hatch under a setting hen Got a chick question??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Feathered Wings, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    I'm getting chicks from a neighbor who had a suprise setting of eggs. Hes new to chickens and hadn't noticed the hen setting.
    The hatch is staggered and i'm concerned about chicks of different ages and the older picking at the younger. I have no experience with a staggered hatch.
    I have already recieved 2 and they are 2 days old there are 7 eggs left to hatch.

    How long should i except the chicks before there will be a problem putting them in with the first ones?
    I don't want a lot of chicks in different brooders it being winter.

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Why are chicks being taken away from the hen??

    She can brood them better than we can.
  3. scgamecock

    scgamecock Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    Let her do it.She will teach them everything they need to know.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I imagine they are thinking that if they take the chicks away, she will continue to incubate the eggs that still need to hatch. Am I correct?

    I dunno.

    When I was a kid we had a problem with hens who would hatch one or two early birds and then let the rest of the clutch die.... whereas if she would have stayed on the eggs, she would have gotten more chicks.
  5. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    that could be mahonri,

    You might take them away till the others hatch then gently put them back under momma after they all hatch. MissPrissy is right, momma will do a much better job at rearing them than we ever could!
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    The hen I gave to my cousin went broody and he stuck eggs under her over a period of days. He took the first one that hatched and she continued to sit and sit and...a week and a half later she died in the sheep's waterer. Can only figure she was weakened from sitting so long. [​IMG] Don't know but I'd hate for that to happen to this broody. Just keep an eye.
  7. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    a lot of people give the broodys feed and water right there in the nest box, so she will eat and drink and not loose strength. Yes they need their time to get back to normal with their chicks.

  8. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Well they don't want the chicks and i didn't think about the hen [​IMG]

    I guess it was the only thing they knew to do being new to chickens. I don't know them personally found out through a friend.
    Oh! Dear have i made a mistake they wanted to throw the eggs away when i said i only wanted the 2. So i agreed to the others to save them from dying oh now i'm sad [​IMG]
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Should i just let him throw away the eggs so the hen won't die? [​IMG]
  10. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    You can put all the chicks in the same brooder even if they are a few days apart in age. Baby chicks raised by a person are usually more friendly than hen raised chicks. I don't see any problems with taking the chicks as they hatch. Enjoy your new babies.

    The hen will be just fine. She may sit on the empty nest for a while after the last chick hatches but she will soon come to realize her job is done.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008

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