hatching under a hen.

Discussion in 'Incubation & Hatching' started by ryan123, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. ryan123

    ryan123 New Member

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    I want to hatch some chicks and i want to hatch them under a hen. i am looking for some tips on how to care for them after birth and housing.
     
  2. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    Welcome to the Chicken Forum!!!

    Not really much you need to do if you have a good momma hen to care for them. 95% of my chicks are hatched in incubators and raised in brooders until they are old enough to go outdoors on their own (about 6-8 weeks). However, I do let some of my gamehens hatch chicks and raise a clutch or two on their own! They are excellent mommas and take good care of the baby chicks on their own without any help from me.

    Good luck and happy hatching!
     

  3. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    what you need is a silkie hen, they are hatching machines. they do most of the hard part you just add the food & water


    good luck
     
  4. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    We one Ryan123. Do I know you already? Do you come from NJ?

    Anyway, enjoy chickenland and all things Chicken! Hope you find what you seek.
     
  5. ryan123

    ryan123 New Member

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    i come from ireland  thanks for all the advice
     
  6. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    i think you must be on one of the other forums too Ryan
    i have seen that picture of the 3 great looking silkies before some place

    last season we started with day old chicks
    this year we have a bator so we will be selling our own chicks
    & adding new breeders in with what we already have