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How to raise baby chicks???

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Hello!! I made this account because today some baby chicks hatched. We had no clue our chicken was nesting fertilised eggs but counted the days and were planning to remove them after one additional week to hatching time. I have a LOT of questions.

First, and most important question; Should I separate the chicks and their momma from the rest of the chickens (as in move her and the babies elsewhere) or move the rest of the chickens away from her?

Second, do hens kill their chicks if they have been touched by humans?

Third, I've noticed one laying down a lot, looking like they might be dead, but then get up and walk around a few seconds later. Is this common? Is it common for new chicks to lay down that way?

 

Thank you and of course any other advice is highly appreciated! (:

 

-Foster

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First, and most important question; Should I separate the chicks and their momma from the rest of the chickens (as in move her and the babies elsewhere) or move the rest of the chickens away from her?

People do it all kinds of ways. Hens have been raising chicks with the flock ever since there have been chickens. I let mine raise them with the flock. Some people isolate them. There is no right or wrong way. There are risks and benefits both ways. Since that hen knows a lot more about what she is doing than you do I suggest you leave her alone and let her take care of her babies.

Second, do hens kill their chicks if they have been touched by humans?

No.

Third, I've noticed one laying down a lot, looking like they might be dead, but then get up and walk around a few seconds later. Is this common? Is it common for new chicks to lay down that way?


Oh, yes. First timers are fooled all the time, thinking they have dead chicks when they are just sleeping. They certainly look dead but it’s normal.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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