Too many???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JohnRoth, May 16, 2016.

  1. JohnRoth

    JohnRoth In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2015
    My booted bantam hen has 18 chicks varying in sizes. She seems pretty full when the chicks are under her. Should
    I take a few off her hands?

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Chicks should be kept together as a single unit if at all possible. It's detrimental to their development and future self confidence to be separated. As the chicks feather out, some will be under the broody, and some will be on top of her, soaking up heat in that way, and some will be running around playing.

    So, by week two, not all of the chicks will be under mama broody all the time.

    Just keep an eye on things, but I doubt you'll need to step in.

    In the future, it's best to assess how many chicks a specific broody is able to cover and limit the number of eggs to that amount. Eighteen is stretching it for any hen, let alone a bantam.
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    I would have to say that 18 is a bit to many for a bantam. She can not keep all of them properly warm. I would remove some of the bigger chicks.
  4. JohnRoth

    JohnRoth In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2015
    I wouldn't of allowed her to hatch this many but she hid her nest and found her as she was already almost 2 and a half weeks in.....

    I'm also worried that the smaller ones might get squished.

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