One of our hens tucked herself away about 3 weeks ago in one of our horse stalls. She hatched 2 eggs finally today. These are our first hatchling chicks. I read through 'storey's guide to raising chickens' but it mainly talks about incubators so I have a dumb question. We've always bought our chicks around 2 or 3 days old at the local feed store so we are ignorant on this. We know tomorrow we are going to put the chicks in the same cage we always use with a heat lamp, water and starter feed like we have the last 2 springs with our store bought chicks. This has worked well. But do we keep momma with them? Or do we separate mom from the 2 chicks?
She abandoned 7 eggs. And sits on the 2 hatchlings in the opposite corner of the abandoned 7 eggs. Does that mean the other 7 eggs won't hatch and we should discard them?
Thank you very much!!