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When to let my broody take out her babies..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rodandbrandy, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so here is what I have going on (this is my first time with a broody hen) I have 2 buff orps that hatched some babies, right before they hatched I moved them to a seperate part of the coop for privacy and chick safety, at the same time I was hatching in the bator and as they hatched I would give them to my hens to take care of. They are doing great, the 2 hens are taking care of 7 babies and I have 5 more inside to give them, The youngest is 4 days old and the oldest is about 2 weeks. So here is the question: When can I let my hens take the babies to live with the rest of the flock which consists of 20 layers and 1 roo? The hens seem anxious to get out of their small space so I let them go out with the babies, they did well except she left 2 outside and did not even seem to notice. When can they all live together?[​IMG]
     
  2. jessica117

    jessica117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you keep your birds cooped up all the time? I usually let mine free range while I'm out to keep track of them so I usually let the broodies out within a week with their chicks, but I put them back in thier broody pens at night till the chicks are about 8 weeks or so. By then the other chickens are used to the babies so I have fewer problems with them getting picked on.

    Hope this helps!

    Jess
     

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