Trying to hatch chicks,Got Questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wawa, May 30, 2010.

  1. wawa

    wawa Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2009
    Ok going to give this a try,I have left 3 eggs under a broody hen and going to see if she hatches them out.How long does the process take? Once they do hatch do I need to seperate from rest of chickens and Rooster,or let nature and the hen take care of the brood?????????
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Quote:It takes approximately 21 days for a hen to incubate eggs and hatch chicks. This can vary by a day or so either way.

    I've done it both ways, separating a hen and her chicks and leaving them with the flock. There is no hard and fast rule on how it should be done. A lot depends on the personalities of the birds involved, and the living situation the birds are in. That said, I generally prefer to separate a hen and chicks. Easy for me to say, I have two broody pens which are used exclusively for hens and chicks. [​IMG]

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