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Baby chicks due at christmas HELP!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cencor, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Cencor

    Cencor Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi we got our silkie snow in march we bought her with chicks an she.was a great mum sincethen weve got four more silkies an there all at our allotment. We noticed snow was sitting on eggs (as shes our first broobroody.we decided to see what happens) anyway after 7 days her stealing other eggs we seperated her. Shes in her own box we let her our until she goes back in each day. Shes sat on ten. It was more as she was stealing (we didnt know until she kicked 5out lol) anyway everything goin well we think but manchester uk weather can be bad an the chickies are due christmas eve. When they hatch should we take them home? Will they.need a heat lamp? As i said she was a great.mum when we got her sorry.for the essay all help is appreciated thanks x
     
  2. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

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    I've heard that broodies take good care of their chicks in cold weather, but to be safe, I would bring the chicks and their momma inside. It's not necessary, but wouldn't hurt. [​IMG]Hard to do when they are still hatching so maybe you should bring them in a little before. [​IMG]
     
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    little chicks can get chilled easy- the first 3 weeks I have kepted chicks in the house in the winter, and at night brought a mom to sit on them, then put them all in a heated pen outside separate from the other hens and rounded up so they stay warm.

    I have also seen people use a truck top cover for a temp separate pen for chicks this might work.
    good luck.
     
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  4. cestial225

    cestial225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie hatched one egg two weeks ago. Daytime temps have been in the 30's nighttime temps in the teens. No supplemental heat at all and the chick is thriving. She takes her chick out in the yard every day and the chick forages next to mama and warms up under her when needed. It is wonderful to watch!
     
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  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks are more cold hardy than we think. If they are with momma she will keep them plenty warm enough. You will see the chicks will be out from underneath her even on the colder days. When they get chilled they run back under mom for heat.
     
  6. Cencor

    Cencor Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone think ill play it.by ear but have everything set up at home ready christmas chickens im excited x
     
  7. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    my pip today-
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    side ways- this box will be their home!
     
  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    waiting is fun this is same egg 12 hrs later.[​IMG]
     
  9. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    day 21 and waiting for 3 more
     
  10. Cencor

    Cencor Out Of The Brooder

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    Or soo cute x
     

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