Chicks hatched, now what? Forgot to mention...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by azhenhouse, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the chicks hatched, and two feed store chicks added to the bunch. They are separated from the rest of the flock by a baby/gate fence with no top. Will this be enough to protect them from the rooster and hens, or do I need to put something over the top to keep the others from jumping in?

    Edited to say:
    Sorry, it has been a long day, and I forgot to mention that they were hatched by our hen, Broody. She is with them. Will she be enough to protect them from the others, or do I still need to put a cover over their enclosure?
     
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  2. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know my hens would jump that fence and would knock over the heat lamp and eat their food. If it was me I'd cover it.
     
  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I would put something on top [​IMG]
     
  4. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have them in a brooder under a light?? usually when they hatch you need to keep them warm and safe, they are very vulnerable as chicks and a bigger hen or rooster will pick them up and toss them around like nothing. They do need to be separate from the bigger birds, and in a contained area that is warm and dry and free from drafts.
     
  5. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bumping myself back to the top with the new information.
     
  6. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mmmm - I think I'd still cover it at least for a little while unless you know your hens pretty well. They could still get cranky and hop the fence and could get injured during the scuffle of mom chasing the offender off. That's just me though. If you know your hens/roo are pretty mellow or have been good so far - you may be OK.
     

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