Broody hen's egg is hatching today!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HarborGirl, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. HarborGirl

    HarborGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Im new to chicken raising. I have a little hen who has been sitting on and egg for three weeks now. I just checked her and the egg is cracking.

    She has taken up residence in an unoccupied bunny hutch. She has hay, food and water there with her and I close up the doors at night. But I have no idea what to do for the chick that's about to be born! For some reason, I am sooo surprised to see the egg hatching. It's cold here at night, last night down to 36 degrees. Once the little one hatches do I just let Mama do her thing and supply water and feed? Maybe hook up a heat lamp in there?

    Any advice or links would be appreciated! Thank you!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Just let momma do her thing. Supply water and feed and I would recommend keeping hen and chick locked up until the chick gains some size.
     
  3. HarborGirl

    HarborGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Thats what I figured just want to be sure. Should I put a heat lamp in there for overnight? Or just leave things as is?
     

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