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taking chicks from broody hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ferreterni, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. ferreterni

    ferreterni Out Of The Brooder

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    When you use a broody hen for incubating is it ok to take the chicks away at a day or two old to rear yourself? or do you have to leave them with the hen?
     
  2. jakmallex

    jakmallex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can do either. I spent the last 6 weeks raising 10 chicks in the guest room, so I decided to let my hen raise her chicks b/c I'm ready for a break. She is a very docile hen and lets me stick my hand right in front of her face and handle her babies. So I can still enjoy the babies, but I don't have to keep them warm or constantly clean their brooder. I probably wouldn't be able to take her babies away from her even if I did want to raise them in the house just b/c she's so attached to them.
     
  3. ferreterni

    ferreterni Out Of The Brooder

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    would probably take them away then, used to hand rear parrots etc and there is a satisfaction to bringing them up yourself. thanks.
     

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