Chick hatched now what

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LittleAndLottle, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. LittleAndLottle

    LittleAndLottle New Egg

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    Chicken Little got all broody few weeks ago even though we don't have a rooster. I felt so sorry for her so I got 2 eggs from a friend who does have a rooster and added these to her nest. She has hardly moved off the nest at all I have no idea how she has not died from hunger yet. Today I found the sweetest little chick peeping out from under her.

    I am obviously hoping the other egg will hatch too, but I am concerned because mommy hen is not leaving the nest to eat and drink. I have placed fresh food and water right in front of the nest but as far as I know she has not moved from her nest yet. How long will they stay in the nest before she takes her baby(ies) out to feed etc? While she is still trying to hatch the other eggs do the hatched chicks just stay underneath her without food and water?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Most hens stay on the nest about two days after the first chick hatches, often depending on if there are eggs left or not. The chick will do fine without food and water for about two days, and if those things are in reach of the mom she should feed it right away.

    Congrats on your first hatch, and hope you get another chick!
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Put food and water out for the Hen.....Feed her starter crumbles .......She will know what to do.......


    Congrats.......


    Cheers!
     
  4. LittleAndLottle

    LittleAndLottle New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the advice! The other egg never hatched. Mom and chick emerged from the nest briefly yesterday and ventured further today , grazing around the garden near the coop. She keeps returning and sitting on the remaining egg though. I candled it this evening and it seems to not have developed. Can I remove it from the nest or should I leave it until she gives up?
     
  5. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're past day 23 and there's no movement, I would remove it. Depending on how long ago it quit, it could soon start to ooze.
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd open the egg. Sorry it didn't hatch, but glad the chick and mom are doing well!
     

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