When to let my broody take out her babies..

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

  1. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2008
    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 Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    SE Tennessee
    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!


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