chick question/weather?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grasspack, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. grasspack

    grasspack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am in NH where it is sleeting and about 30 degrees today. Yuck...anyhow....I have a speckled sussex hen that has been on a nest of 7 eggs. She is over in the corner of our pole barn. I built a pen around her to keep her safe and gave her own water and food. She has been laying for a while now and I thought the eggs were probably infertile. BUT, I went out this morning and she had one little chick peaking out from under her wing:) This is my first year with a rooster so the first time I have had fertile eggs. Will she be able to keep the baby warm in this weather? Would I be better off bringing it in and setting up a brooder? I really want to grow my flock so I want this baby to survive. Any help would be appreciated.

    Appreciate any advice.

    Alice
    NH
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    She should be able to keep the chicks warm enough. It's how they've done it for years without our help. [​IMG]
     
  3. grasspack

    grasspack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for getting back to me. I thought it was a little early for her to start sitting, but we have had the mildest winter in history. I think we may pay with a very cold March. That baby was so cute. So hard not to pick it up and bring it in. But I won't. I want them raised with the flock so I don't have to "reintroduce" them back into it. I do have her seperated with fencing though so the other hens won't bother her.

    Appreciate the help.

    Alice
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    After this next little cold snap for Monday those chickies will be home free. Our extended forecast is calling for highs of 40/ lows of 30. Your providing them with chick starter right? Might as well switch your entire flock over. Your chicks shouldn't be fed layer mix. Just provide a calcium source free choice for your flock. I've found it impossible to keep separate feed types as we free range.
     
  5. grasspack

    grasspack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

    Yes, I put some chick starter out there. It has to be non medicated if I am going to feed it to everyone correct?

    Thanks again
    Alice
     

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