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Food and water for chicks?! Placement help

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Help please. Our chicks are hatching and I've just had a thought. Where should the food and water go?

One of our bedpost hens is hatching them so they are just in the coop. Should I put food and water in the co-op with then and the other hens or should I just leave it outseid?

It's about a 3.5 inch step to get in/out of the coop.

Any help is much appreciated!

Husband to a loving wife, Father to a baby girl, and keeper of 4 chickens.

 

2 Exchequer Leghorns (Thyme, Rosmary) a Partridge Pekin (Nutmeg), two brahmas, speckled sussex, two unknown.

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Husband to a loving wife, Father to a baby girl, and keeper of 4 chickens.

 

2 Exchequer Leghorns (Thyme, Rosmary) a Partridge Pekin (Nutmeg), two brahmas, speckled sussex, two unknown.

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post #2 of 5

I would put some with them, doesn't have to be a whole lot but something mamma can show her babies until they are all ready to go out.

post #3 of 5
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Thanks, I have put a small dish of water and some food in the coop with them along with ramps from the nest box and into the run just in case.

Husband to a loving wife, Father to a baby girl, and keeper of 4 chickens.

 

2 Exchequer Leghorns (Thyme, Rosmary) a Partridge Pekin (Nutmeg), two brahmas, speckled sussex, two unknown.

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Husband to a loving wife, Father to a baby girl, and keeper of 4 chickens.

 

2 Exchequer Leghorns (Thyme, Rosmary) a Partridge Pekin (Nutmeg), two brahmas, speckled sussex, two unknown.

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post #4 of 5

Be sure the water is such that the babies can't stumble into it.  Many chicks have drowned in less than 1/2" of water left in an open dish.  

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #5 of 5

I have a few broodies in the main flock right now. My feeder and waterer for the adult birds are both elevated, to keep the water clean and reduce feed waste. I simply sprinkle feed on the ground a few times a day for the chicks to eat, and set up a smaller waterer on a 2x4 or brick, whatever, to keep it our of the bedding. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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