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Babies Hatched today No idea what to do!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PJL, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. PJL

    PJL New Egg

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    My silkie hatched I think four chicks today. I'm getting conflicting advice. Our local farm store says to take the chicks inside with heat lamp and leave mom hen outside or the babies will die. I've also heard to just let the mother take care of them. I live in Maine and our nights are getting down in the twenties. She is in the coop inside a box and Ican start putting the heat lamp on at night but not sure if that will be enough. Any advice out there?
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to leave this to the experts. But, how cold does it get in your coop?
     
  3. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

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    I'm probably not the one to ask, but I would bring momma and babies into a garage or basement, and put a heat lamp on for them.
     
  4. karimw

    karimw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a broody hatch 5 chicks about 2 weeks ago and I left the babies with her. Out temps have been below freezing at night, but she is doing a good job with them.

    The Cochin on the top has the young group and the Welsummer on the bottom has chicks about 6 weeks old now. They have lights during the day but not heat lamps.

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    I also have some with out a mama under a heat lamp, but they are 6 weeks old too and mostly feathered out.

    So, I guess it depends on your mama hen!
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what your feed store is talking about. The best way to raise chicks is probably with a broody. She knows how to keep them at the perfect temp., she knows how to get them to eat and drink, and broody-raised chicks hardly ever get sick or die while hatching. Where I live, you could just let the broody and the chicks roam around outside, or keep her in a broody cage (depending on how aggressive your other chickens are). If it is REALLY cold, then putting the family in a protected building would probably be a good idea. Good luck with your babies. [​IMG]
     
  6. PJL

    PJL New Egg

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    Thank you for all your input. Right now my coop is at 40 . I just put the heat lamp on and pointed it towards the hen. I think I am going to leave it to mother nature. I think she will do a better job then me and the rest of my hens are mellow, I'm pretty sure they would be fine with the chicks. I did buy some starter food and I guess I will put it out for them. When do they start eating??
     
  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will probably start eating the second day, they can wait longer, but it is better if they don't. [​IMG]
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will probably start eating the second day, they can wait longer, but it is better if they don't. [​IMG]
     

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