One of our hens went broody deep under our deck. We can see her with a mirror but definitely do not have access her to move her. (She is back under hollow concrete steps with one little tunnel to get out)
Apparently this has been going on for a couple weeks so we decided to leave her but now chicks are probably going to be hatching and I'm unsure of how to handle it.
All of the information I can find is for very planned and controlled hen/chick situations.
Post by mommasquilts on Apr 27, 2020 6:49:54 GMT -5
Put chick crumbles and water where she can get them and let her do the rest. She will bring them out about 1-2 days after they hatch. You may be able to catch them and relocate them at that point. A dog kennel is a good option if you have one. The biggest concern is predation from snakes and raccoons and the like. If the other hens even look cross eyed at her babies she is likely to give them what for. Enjoy!
Coley, YOU don't have to do anything. Mama hen will take care of her chicks. If there are predators around, then you might want to see about putting them in a safer place, but honestly, the chaos that will ensue when you're trying to catch a hen's chicks will surprise you. I've tried that a few times, and finally decided to just let mama handle it. They always do a good job. I like to toss treats out for new babies, when I know about them, but I've had plenty of surprise hatches that survived quite will on what mama foraged for them. Deep breath. Don't worry. Just enjoy the fuzzballs when she brings them out.
Can you set up a temporary pen around her exit from the deck? We have a banty hen that frequently sets eggs under our deck. She learned from experience, that was the safest place from predators because the LGD slept on the deck above her. We took the top off an XL dog crate and put it where the opening was toward the deck. I'd put food and water under that so it stayed clean and she'd bring them out and feed them as necessary. Now my hen was smaller than the rest, so she could squeeze in there and the small opening kept the others out, but if you can even set up some rabbit fence or something it to give her a bit of protection, that would keep the other hens from eating all their food.
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What Shawn said but that still seems like too much work for me. I have plenty of other things to worry about, but then again, I have a LOT of chickens, and if some got lost, I probably wouldn't notice.
However, I remember when I did dote on the new mamas and chicks. I didn't pen them up anywhere, but I did either boil & mash or scramble several eggs for them every day. I'd go out in the morning, and again in the evening, to toss their treats and then stand there "guarding" them until they had their fill and wandered off of their own accord. Mama will try to drive off any invading chickens, but it just seems to me that's when the little kids are more likely to be injured - during a scuffle between the hens. So I'd stand there for 5 minutes, admiring the new babies and marveling at their insane cuteness, and when they left the treats, it was a free-for-all for all the rest of the chickens.
Just check the chicks when you see them (I mean check them every day, once they're out and mobile) and if they have nice fat crops, they're doing fine and mama is feeding them sufficiently. If not, then go ahead and toss something out for them. Mama, too, she's been sitting on that nest for a while.
Some foods I've found that baby chicks LOVE (others will probably add their own tried and true chick favorites, but these are what I've used):
Leftover cooked rice
Whole wheat berries
Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal
Clabber (in a shallow dish so they don't drown in it)
The aforementioned boiled or scrambled eggs
"Chicken cheese" (probably their favorite), which is just milk heated to 180 to 190 degrees and some vinegar glugged into it, then I crumble it small.
If you have a garden, tomatoes are their most favorite food in the whole world, once you have some ripened ones.
Have fun and enjoy your new babies. I hope she brings them out pretty soon!
I know I will end up with a hen or two showing up with chicks soon. Because we are only getting 5-6 eggs a day, after it had climbed to 10 and more.
The mommas bring their babes out to scratch in the barnyard and everyone does pretty well. Occasionally we lose a few to drowning or predators, but not many.
The biggest downside of wild-hatched chicks is that the chicks will never grow to be very comfortable with human interaction. But they seem to be healthier than the more pampered birds, so I guess it is a good payoff.
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Well I don’t know where Lannie lives! Is she anywhere near???
LOL! Lannie is nowhere near ANYTHING!
I'd be happy to put most of these extra roosters in the freezer, but I'm by myself on that project (Rich won't kill anything anymore) and it's too big a job for me to do without help. Plus I'm not good at it. Takes me half the day to butcher one rooster, and that's skinning it, not even plucking it. But it would be nice to have some nice free range (that means tough!) chicken that actually TASTES like chicken.
All my hen raised chicks self integrated when it was time.
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Yes, they mostly start going into the coop when the chicks are over a month old, if I remember correctly. Momma will take them in when she knows they need more to eat than what they can forage for on their own. Also about the time when she starts laying eggs again, so she needs the ready access to feed rather than roaming to find her fill.
Around April 20th, I put a half dozen of my garage chicken's eggs back in the box she lays them in. I had kept them separate because I was hoping for chicks from she and Pretty Boy Floyd, the Salmon Favorelle rooster. She continued to lay eggs but not sit and I finally told my husband that if she didn't show any signs of sitting by May 1, I would throw the eggs away. Ha! The next morning she was on the nest...on April 27th, a couple of days under the wire.
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