- Aug 3, 2012
Just curious where a free range mother hen and her brood of chicks would sleep. Could young chicks follow their mother up a ladder or ramp to get into a roost?
Chicks under one week will have a problem trying to get into any nest other than at ground level. Toward the end of week one, chicks have enough wing development to make hops of a few inches. By the end of week two, they can flutter up to a nest a foot off the ground. Maybe more.
Also, the mama might go down and sleep with her chicks if there is no heat lamp.