Baby chicks just hatched HELP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clucker, May 17, 2008.

  1. clucker

    clucker Hatching

    Apr 21, 2008
    Momma Hen is in a run with 4 other hens and the rooster.We have only gotten our babies by mail before. Do I have to seperate momma and her babies? They are in a dog house which is inside a coop that is about 8 feet by 16 feet. I can easily divide this in half annd put the others in one side. Is this what I must do to keep our babies safe?
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Sometimes they would be okay (depending on your birds)but, to make sure you should separate them.
  3. catfish

    catfish Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greenbrier, Arkansas
    If its your hen's first brood, I'd watch her to see how she is caring for them for a day, and make sure she has the instincts to protect them from the older birds. After that I'd let her raise them with the flock, then the flock knows the birds as they get older and they know their place in the pecking order.

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