My chicken brooded out some chicks. When i saw her last 7 chicks were with her, but 2 were at the nest and 1 was still hatching. I found her about 2 days ago and got side tracked moving her. Will i need to rescue the rest of the chicks that hatch? What about the other eggs? Pics to follow.
Once she's off the nest for a few hours the other eggs will likely be dead. One reason why it can be tricky to have successful hatches if multiple hens are laying in a nest (staggered incubation start times = abandoned eggs). The hen usually abandons the nest within 24 hours of the first egg hatching.
If you really want the chicks you'll need to put them in an incubator ASAP. You could try giving the newest chicks to her at night, and she may or may not accept them. Unfortunately "not accepting" usually means killing. In the future, I like to take any early hatchers into the house, then give them back when the others are hatched.
Mamma chicken has likely left the nest for good. The remaining chicks and pipped eggs will need to be placed under heat to save them. I personally have not had good luck with a hen taking more chicks after she leaves the nest.
All unhatched eggs are in the incubator, the three that had hatched i tucked under sparkles' wing 30 mins ago and she has not killed them yet. Thanx for the help! Everything i could find on the internet was about the process of brooding and care of broody chickens. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I have 3 more chicks this morning and another egg with a crack from the incubator. One of the chicks I gave to Sparkles (momma) was laying on the ground barely breathing this morning. I brought it in and put it in warm water and put it in the incubator while I milked. It perked up enough to give sugar water to by the time I was done milking. We have a little area set up that I will put the hatchlings in as soon as they look dry today. So count so far: 9 with Sparkles, 3 incubated live chicks, 1 reject, 4 more eggs to go (I will chuck them in 2 days if I dont see anything happening.)
The newest chicks might need some time to grow strong enough to keep up with the hen. You might try give the new hatches a few days in a brooder and then introducing them to the hen in a small pen like a large dog kennel. I will do this by sliding the chicks under the hen at night. By morning it is a rare hen that hasn’t adjusted to the larger number of chicks. I give them a few days together in the kennel to make sure everything is going well and then release them.
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