Baby chicks in subzero temps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sparrowsnest, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. sparrowsnest

    sparrowsnest Out Of The Brooder

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    Our hens have decided that January/February in N Maine is the time to hatch chicks. We've had 5 hatch two weeks ago and we brought them inside to a dog cage in the kitchen. We have a large box in the barn that we built out of old window screens last year, but its too big to bring inside. Another hen is broody and I candled a couple of the eggs and we'll probably have more by the end of the week. A neighbor gave us a 50's Hudson brooder that I am going to use if we hatch more. Just want to double check that I shouldn't put any new chicks with the older chicks yet? Also, how long should I wait to move them to the larger brooder/grow out box in the barn(with a heat lamp)? This is our first time hatching our own. I would have liked to have kept them with the mamas, but space and temps aren't allowing that right now. Also, the brooder has a mesh floor with a tray underneath to catch the droppings. Will this be ok? I've always had the chicks in a box with shavings. Thanks for any advice.
     
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    Did the mamas not keep them warm enough?
     
  4. sparrowsnest

    sparrowsnest Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think so.....there were 7 in the first hatch. I found two dead a few feet from the nesting box. That's when I decided to get them inside. I don't know exactly why they died, they looked fine, but I wasn't taking any chances after that.
     

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