Preparing for broody hatching her chicks... Advice please

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My banty black rock is is sitting on clutch of 4 eggs. She is on day 17 today :-)

She is in her own coop with long ramp and enclosed run area. Is it ok to just leave her in the nest box, or should she be placed in box in coop? I'm hoping she will keep them warm enough when they hatch without using heat lamp (I haven't got one lol) Also should I do anything to the run which is covered for when they go outside

First time hatching and excited lol... thanks



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Re: Preparing for broody hatching her chicks... Advice please
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 16:39 »
You won't need any extra heat. Mum takes care of that. She will also take them out when they are ready. Mine were 'upstairs' in the nest box and very quickly learnt to negotiate the ramp. Their instinct is to follow mum and she'll fuss round them like ....well like a mother hen :)  Chick crumb and water (in very shallow dish) available for when they need.



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Re: Preparing for broody hatching her chicks... Advice please
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 21:02 »
Once they start to hatch I would close the door to the run so the chicks can't fall down or off the ramp.  Leave a shallow drinker and some chick crumb in the coop.  Make sure they have enough ventilation though.  After a few days Mum might take them out but just keep an eye on them at first.

Mum should be able to keep them warm enough especially only four but if she is a first time broody check she is covering them.  It is always best to have an emergency brooder ready just in case.  This can be made with a plastic storage tub and for heat an old style light bulb will work.  Do a bit of research online for details of how to do the set up.   ;)

Good luck with the hatch.
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Re: Preparing for broody hatching her chicks... Advice please
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 22:41 »
It took my chicks a few days to learn how to use the ramp in my broody coop properly. A couple of times I found one hiding under it when the others had gone in because it had lost its way, and "mum" hadn't noticed. Just something to keep an eye out for.



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Re: Preparing for broody hatching her chicks... Advice please
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 15:49 »
Thanks all. I have got my chick crumb and water drinker etc ready. I will close door when they hatch, for a couple of days and allow extra ventilation. I am confident she is going to be a lovely mummy hen , I just hope they hatch! Thanks   :)

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