Chicken Newbie Update

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farmgirl68, May 21, 2016.

  1. farmgirl68

    farmgirl68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last Monday 5/16 we welcomed our 1st chick, followed by our 2nd chick on Wed. 5/18.
    As a newbie chicken mom, I was a nervous/anxious momma. After asking lots of questions, reading lots of books and researching lots of posts/websites....I finally relaxed.

    Yesterday momma and chicks left the coop for a brief outing, as we supervised.

    For the past few days our other hen walked around the outside of the coop, cooing and chattering, not wanting to go inside. We were concerned our the hens would get along.

    Today momma and chicks wandered around our 5 acre property, even going under the house. Our other hen Dottie stayed about a foot away at all times, chattering like she was the protective rooster. After about 30 minutes, Momma, chicks and Dottie were all exploring the grounds without an issue.

    After about 2-3 hours of exploring momma brought the babies back to the coop and the other hen went on her way to explore some more.

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Aren't broody hens just the coolest? Watching them mother their babies never gets old for me, I love to just sit and watch them.
     
  3. farmgirl68

    farmgirl68 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in awe, I was concerned when they went under the house and to the farthest point of our property, momma however knew what she was doing.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They sure do wander, don't they? My honey forgot I had a broody and was all freaked out this morning when he saw teeny tiny chicks out in the main run, he thought they'd somehow escaped the brooder and were going to get killed. He went in to try to catch them and momma let him know in no uncertain terms those babies were NOT to be messed with. Bless her heart!
     

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