Caring For A Broody Hen And Her Chicks

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Broody hens are hens that have decided to incubate and raise their own chicks. Caring for a broody hen and her chicks requires a little extra attention and care, but it can be a rewarding experience. Here's a guide on how to care for a broody hen and her chicks:

  1. Provide a safe and secure brooding area: Broody hens and their chicks need a safe and secure area where they can be kept warm and protected from predators. You can either use a brooder box or a pen within the chicken coop.

  2. Keep them warm: Chicks need to be kept warm, so make sure the brooding area is well insulated and has a heat source such as a heat lamp. The temperature should be kept at around 90-95°F for the first week, and then gradually lowered by 5°F per week until it reaches 70°F.

  3. Provide food and water: Chicks will need a source of food and water, make sure they have access to a chick starter feed and fresh water.

  4. Keep the brooding area clean: Keep the brooding area clean by regularly removing any manure and bedding. This will help to prevent the spread of disease.

  5. Provide a dust bath: Broody hens and chicks will need a dust bath to keep clean and healthy. Provide a shallow container filled with a mixture of sand and dirt for them to roll in.

  6. Monitor their health: Keep an eye on the broody hen and chicks for signs of illness. If you notice any signs of illness, such as lethargy or diarrhea, seek advice from a veterinarian.

  7. Provide a secure outdoor area: As the chicks grow, they will need access to an outdoor area where they can forage and explore. Make sure the outdoor area is secure and protected from predators.

  8. Gradually integrate them into the flock: As the chicks grow and become more independent, they will need to be gradually integrated into the flock. This can be done by introducing them to the flock in a secure pen or by keeping them separate but within sight and sound of the flock.

  9. Provide protection and guidance: Broody hens are very protective of their chicks, and they will need guidance and protection as needed. 

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