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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by kimthom66 View Post
 

These new mommas need to keep their babies under them!! Hopefully you caught in time? It was too late for mine so hopefully you were lucky!

Yes they do!!! Fingers crossed I got it warmed back up and it perked up a bit and starting chirping so I took it back outside and under momma and to my surprise she had another little one so looks like 4. The sun is back out as well so taking this all a good sign. 

post #12 of 16

How are momma and her chicks?

post #13 of 16
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How are momma and her chicks?

Momma doesn't seem too happy with me lately, I think she is feeling cooped? The chicks seem to be doing well, I am hoping to move them out to their coop this weekend when I can keep an eye on them they will still not have access to the outside but at least will be out of a brooder in the garage. If the temps stay in the 50's during the day can I open the pop door before they are 2 weeks old or would you wait until they are older? Looks like we will be in the 40's- 50's next week. And I have another 7 babies due to hatch in another coop next Friday! 

post #14 of 16
I would just make sure I'm around to check on them during the first few outings. My mommas want to spend all day outside, it's up to you to make sure she's making the right decision based on how her chicks look. I will usually make their first outings shorter, but if they look fine I leave them.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

I would just make sure I'm around to check on them during the first few outings. My mommas want to spend all day outside, it's up to you to make sure she's making the right decision based on how her chicks look. I will usually make their first outings shorter, but if they look fine I leave them.

Thank you for that advice! I will do that! I work during the day until 3 so I can let them out for a bit when I get home and see how they do and then make sure they get back in the coop! It's like I am a first time mom all over again! 

post #16 of 16
It is fun and exciting to watch them, as you can tell I hover over my new moms a lot, until I can tell she's doing okay. Some are too eager to take them out, mine have access to outside of the run, so many have tried to take them out, but the chicks can't follow. I've also seen them kicking them around by vigorously digging in the dirt while calling the chicks to eat. The only chick I ever lost was the one a crow snatched. Good luck and enjoy.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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