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Baby Chicks and walking down a ramp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MarleneJ, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. MarleneJ

    MarleneJ New Egg

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    Hi, I am new and have 2 (2 day old chicks) the hutch part with the babies is up a bit high in the coop. Will the babies know how to walk up and down the ramp or will they fall clumsily? Will mom guide them?
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome! [​IMG] If Momma Hen is there they should do fine, but I'm sure there will be one who falls!
    I'm having trouble visualizing what you are saying....how high is high? If you are really worried, make sure there is a supersoft landing for the klutz - toss down several inches of straw/shavings what have you, under the ramp.
     
  3. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson Out Of The Brooder

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    If the mom is there, she will prevent falls- but if a chick falls, it will usually land safely due to excessive flapping. Just to be sure, take boskelli1571's advice: soft stuff under ramp.
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    They will fall and probably injure themselves somehow. Lock Mom add chicks in the coop. They will be fine. These baby chicks need to be able to access Moms warmth. If one falls she may not attend it because she has to take care of the other one. Chickens are not smart. If you have other chickens, do not depend on them to help a separated chick. It's not their chick. The babies and Mom only need 4-5 sq. ft. for their baby section. 1 sq. ft. per chick and 3 sq. ft. for Mom, one sq. ft. for water and feed. Just put up a partition in the coop.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  5. MarleneJ

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    Thanks Everyone! I combined everyone's advice and mom and babies doing great.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
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