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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:23 am 
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I have our broody Wyandotte on 6 fertilised eggs from a friend's chooks. She is currently occupying one of our 2 eggs laying boxes and is holding this spot without hassle from our other 5 hens. However as hatching is approaching I am wondering if I should move her out of the coop into a separate mini-coop, within the yard? The main coop is just one of those multi purpose small animal houses, not a huge amount of room. Will the chicks cope under the feet of the other hens etc?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:06 am 
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Best for the chick's health and safety, and for their mum's stress levels, if you can move them right away from the area where the other chooks live - ie fresh ground. For the first 6 weeks the chicks will need to be eating chick starter and then until POL they will be fed a pullet grower feed. This is impossible to manage if they are co habiting with adult poultry,
Best to do the move in the dark.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:03 am 
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Thanks Nifty Duck. Upon cleaning out the coop this morning I notice we have a nice infestation of red mites happening so I need to get her out anyway and give the main coop a massive clean.. Off to the rural store to buy a cage for the small coop now!


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Can you move the others temporarily to another area just in case the sitting hen won't settle in a new location. Or, if the whole nestbox is readily portable move it with her in it. Best wishes for a successful incubation. :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:46 am 
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She's moved quite happily. Fingers crossed for good hatching this weekend.


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