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  1. grettasurfergirl

    Everybody Kung fu fighting!

    Thanks so much for the advice, I will see what I can do. How long should I wait with them just near each other in different pens before letting them interact a bit? Like a week? I wish I had known about separating the chicks and mama from the flock, that was a terrible idea looking back. Our...
  2. grettasurfergirl

    Everybody Kung fu fighting!

    I totally agree, debacle sums it up perfectly! I’m not sure if I can ever make this right and I thought about the rooster idea but we’re not allowed to have them where we live. Thanks though!!
  3. grettasurfergirl

    Everybody Kung fu fighting!

    Thank you so much for all of this great information!! Very helpful. I didn’t separate the chicks from the mamas but had moved them all out together and had a dog crate and small outdoor area for them. So the Silkie stayed with her chicks separated from the EE with her chicks. And now I’m just...
  4. grettasurfergirl

    Everybody Kung fu fighting!

    I should add they all got along fine before the chicks!
  5. grettasurfergirl

    Everybody Kung fu fighting!

    We hatched some new chicks with 2 different broody hens and I separated mama and chicks at first but now am trying to put everyone back together. So I have one lone EE that’s been in the coop/run while the others were gone with chicks, one Silkie with 2 chicks almost 7 weeks old, and one EE with...
  6. grettasurfergirl

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    If you separated your broody and chicks from the flock into a “maternity ward” type area with a separate run, how and when do I put the broody and chicks (or maybe just broody?) back into the regular coop and run? We only have one EE in the main coop area now but one surrogate mama is a Silkie...
  7. grettasurfergirl

    When to separate Hen and chicks?

    Any other advice on separating chicks? Thanks!
  8. grettasurfergirl

    When to separate Hen and chicks?

    Thanks for the feedback. How old were the chicks when you put all of them in with the rest of the flock? Wondering if I could do that now or if almost 4 weeks is too little to go up to the “big coop” Thank you
  9. grettasurfergirl

    When to separate Hen and chicks?

    Thank you for sharing! You made a good point that I could probably have the silky and older chicks up with the single hen and she would protect them from her if anything happened. Unfortunately silkies don’t roost but her chicks will so I guess they got kind of a bad mama for that sort of thing...
  10. grettasurfergirl

    When to separate Hen and chicks?

    Hello! We just had two broody hens both hatch fertile eggs I bought elsewhere about 3.5 weeks apart from each other. Now that the new chicks just hatched I am wondering about the older chicks (almost 4 weeks old) and when they can be separated from mama hen. It’s been pretty warm so I’m not sure...
  11. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    Thank you for your help and advice!! Appreciate it! Sorry, you’re right, I’ve forgotten to post photos of the cute new chicks! Welcome Violet and Iris! They were supposed to be lavender ameraucana but I think a half black half lavender laid these eggs. Can’t wait to let these cuties have a...
  12. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    Thank you.... it does seem a little cruel for them. How long does it take to imprint? I’m not sure I can tell if they are but when we held a chick yesterday she pretty much freaked out.
  13. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    Thank you! Does anyone know about a 5th option of just taking the chicks out and putting them in a brooder on their own? It’s been a pain having the mama hen in the brooder with them. She is so protective so I can’t even add food or change the water without getting pecked and the poops are just...
  14. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    So you let the chicks out with your other hens when they were pretty young? I’m wondering when the chicks can be exposed to the two other hens. If the chicks went in the run with the mama maybe they would be okay but the Silkie is of course smaller than the two EE. Thank you so much for sharing...
  15. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    This is so interesting!!! Thank you for sharing your experience and such great info to have! I might get her a couple more fertile eggs if she really wants to set but I’m not sure an EE would be as good of a mama as the Silkie is right now!
  16. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    thank you! Took the Silkie out with the chicks and they are happy in their own space. Also the other hen was crashing into the coop door trying to lay her egg this morning so they did probably need to get out! Silkie seems like a great mama. Thanks!!
  17. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    Thank you so much for the help!!! All of these comments are so appreciated and things I didn’t know. If I do more the Silkie out, how long do I have to wait to handle the chicks? Thanks again!
  18. grettasurfergirl

    Help with just hatched chicks!!

    My Silkie went broody and I got her a few fertile eggs. While she was setting on those eggs (For about 2 weeks at least), my EE also went broody. They were both in nesting boxes next to each other in the raised coop. This evening the two chicks hatched and are under the Silkie. I’m wondering: -...
  19. grettasurfergirl

    Chicken swallowed pool toy

    Thank you! How would I give her coconut oil? A dropper? Also, do you know how long it would take to see any signs of distress? Thanks and I hope you’re right that it just passes through! It’s not at all rigid, just a floppy pencil size piece of silicone.
  20. grettasurfergirl

    Chicken swallowed pool toy

    help! My son dropped a piece of pool toy into the chicken run about 5 inches long and thick as a pencil, probably silicone. The chickens thought it was a worm probably and ate it. Is there anything at all I can do at this point??? Will this kill the chicken??
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