In the Brooder
- Aug 6, 2010
We have a chick that miraculously hatched under 2 (yes, 2 in the same nest box) hens that we let have some eggs to sit on. It's so cold outside, I'm worried that the chick will not get food or water as it won't come out from under momma hen(s). I'm not able to be out there all day, so I don't know if the hen(s) takes him out for food, but as it is, the hens usually don't leave the nest box very often at all. We just coincidentally had an arrival of mail order chicks that are the same age, give or take a day, and am torn about whether to let momma(s) do her thing or take the chick indoors where we know it will for sure get food and water along with the other chicks. I hate to separate a happy chick from it's momma and vice versa, especially if I'm wrong about him not getting food/water, but is it a better policy to be safe than sorry? Am I worrying too much? Anyone out there know about early (cold) season hens and chicks?