Originally Posted by JessLonn
Sorry the picture is blurry but my son was a little anxious. But this is my first chick I have one more arriving you to today or tomorrow, we can hear the chick chirping inside second egg so it shouldn't be long. It's the end of September, I plan to allow the chicks to stay in the coop with the other chickens. Is it okay to let them and the coop with the other chickens or should I remove them and keep them in the house? And if I keep up with the other chickens, how should I feed them their appropriate food or will the Mom take care of that? Please if anyone can respond quickly I really need to know before the other chicks hatch, I have probably about another 8 more eggs are going to hatch in the next week.
The correct place for this is on its own thread in the "Raising Baby Chicks" section, however I will do my best to answer your question.
What's the mama hen's status in the flock? If she's a dominant bird, you can leave them with the flock, but if she is submissive, you need to separate them as she will be unable to defend her babies if the others come after them.
When chicks are raised with adults you need to switch everybody to non-medicated chick feed. Chick feed will not harm adults, but adult feed can harm chicks. But be sure to purchase non-medicated starter, as medicated will make your other hen's eggs inedible. Be sure to supplement with a small amount of oyster shell mixed into the feed. A good non-med starter should be 20% protein. If you can't find a non-medicated 20%, use an 18% grower/raiser feed instead. But definitely do not use layer feed until they are at least 16 weeks old.
By 8 eggs, do you mean 8 more under a different hen? If they are under the same hen who is already hatching chicks, you need to move them to another broody hen or an incubator ASAP. Hens will not sit that long. They abandon the nest 2-3 days after the first chick hatches, regardless of the state of the other eggs. This is why hen-hatched eggs can never be staggered, as the hen will abandon those who do not hatch the first time around.