Brooder Hen Indoors Hatching eggs naturally

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jpeters119, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. jpeters119

    jpeters119 New Egg

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    We have a hen that has successfully hatched 2 chicks so far. We live in Northern Maine and its very cold outside so we have brought our hen indoors to complete the hatching. I am just wondering about needing a heat lamp indoors and over our hen as well. Also wondering if once the hatching is complete will our hen be able to adapt back to the cold temps outside? Wondering as well if we should seperate the new baby chicks into a seperate box with the proper heat or if we should just leave a small heat lamp over the mother hen and her chicks until they have all hatched completely. Help and any advice would be helpful!!!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. What are your outdoor temps?
     
  3. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are with mom the babies should be fine without a heat lamp. Juust keep an eye open in case she abandons them. They will get aclimated to being indoors so the transition back outside should be gradual. The choice is yours whether to let mom do her job or if you want to brood them indoors. And [​IMG].
     
  4. jpeters119

    jpeters119 New Egg

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    Our outdoor temps have been well below zero. Daytime highs maybe in the 20s. We have a heat light inside the coop for our other chickens and one of our hens happen to go broody. So we brought her inside to continue sitting on the eggs. 3 out of 4 hatched without any issues. we did lose one though:(.....then there are 3 more that she is sitting on that should be hatching around monday.
    Will there be any issue seperating the chicks from mom at this point or once all the eggs have hatched should we put her back into the coop with the rest of the hens??...and one rooster!
     

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