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Chris Wright

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I have a broody hen that is currently settled in a milk crate (probably 1ft square as well as tall) and I'm worried there isn't enough room for the chicks when they hatch. I'm also worried they will fall out of the box. I have my hen and the box her own cage and there is room for her to get out, eat and water...and horribly poop, but my main concern is about the chicks falling out. Should I try to move everything out of the box and put it on the floor of the cage? She's about 18 days on the nest.




Jessica Stokes wrote: Yup! You sure can. Remember that she chose her spot for a reason though. Try and give her the same sort of spot. I have always (40+ years) put hen-nest and eggs in a brooding "cabin" with food and water - all of her own & generally within a week of seeing her brood! I don't advise moving her after 10 days though! I keep a cabin or 2 in the run all the time so the hens are used to seeing them and the past 4 or 5 years I have been using a few medium sized Dog-loo houses for the cabins- up off the ground about 24 inches with a little ladder. I had 11 hens go broody over a 25 day period, all had several eggs in their nests! It was crazy but they all hatched, and we only lost 4 chicks! Good luck
Jessie

5 years ago