In the Brooder
- Sep 26, 2014
I am new to raising chickens and I can use some advice. A neighbor set up a coop last spring and had a huge flock of hens and roos that he raised from chicks. He also had 5 ducks part of his flock..They were completely free range returning to the coop at night. We live in the country with many predators including fox that are hunting in broad daylight. 2 weeks ago I noticed a hen in my perennial garden with 2 baby chicks. I found a nest along the foundation of my house where she and the chicks go every night. Though it is hidden from view it is not protected from all hunting predators. The hen comes to me and the neighbor told me to keep the family and also one of his roos, this roo hangs out here a lot and can eat from my hand. I have a nice coop and yesterday I captured the hen and chicks and they are in the coop . My questions....do I feed the chicks chick food, they were basically just foraging with mama and eating from my birdfeeder, how do I separate the feeding? Also if I get the roo in the coop will that be ok ( he is not aggressive) and right now spends the night in his old coop next door...also how do I keep the hen and chicks from going back to the nest in the flower bed? Please help....