Chicks just hatched under hen 1-2 days ago; do I leave them outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cdmccaffery, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. cdmccaffery

    cdmccaffery Hatching

    Mar 23, 2017
    I have 2 female pheasants and one male. One of the females just hatched 6 chicks. I went to TSC and a worker there told me I should bring them in and put them under a heat lamp. I also read online that if the mama is laying on them to keep them warm then they should be fine. It will be in the 30s overnight and I want to make the right decision. I have a heat lamp in the pen but I'm very worried.

  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Take the heat lamp out, and let her take care of them, you take care of her, and she will do the rest.

    Mrs K
  3. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chirping

    Dec 27, 2016
    Central Michigan
    I agree with Mrs. K, the mother will be able to take care of them. For future reference personally I would put the chicks in a brooder this eliminates chances of getting trampled, killed by males, etc... but it is also just so cute to see the babies follow the mother and watch them learn from her.

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