Success with our chicks--May be helpful for other newbies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JensHens, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. JensHens

    JensHens In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    We had a hen go broody for the first time. So, we decided to let nature take it's course and we got 10 eggs from a farmer.

    We separated Mama from the coop and put her in a large outdoor rabbit hutch [​IMG] with a cardboard box and plenty of shaving. She hatched 4 eggs [​IMG]. We kept her right in that hutch with the babies for several weeks. We fed them chick food ( layer formula has too much calcium for the young birds)

    Since our rabbit hutches are in a 10 x10 dog kennel, we opened the hutch door and put a ladder there for them to come out with Mom. At first, they could walk right thru the chain link, but since they stay close to Mom, they would walk right back in. At night, she goes up into the hutch and they follow, all sleeping snug together. We keep food and water in both the hutch and the kennel. We close the hutch door at night, also.

    When my other hens free range, they see the chicks, so they are getting used to them, but it will be a while before we formally introduce.
    Hope this is helpful.

    It was simple, but it worked.

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