Complicated post of the day....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by msdoolittle, May 23, 2010.

  1. msdoolittle

    msdoolittle Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Ok, here goes...

    I have 3 eggs that are SUPPOSED to hatch tomorrow under a broody. This will be my first broody hen to hatch chicks in my current flock. Wondering if I need to separate mom and babies as soon as they are dry. I plan on shutting all the other hens out of the coop first thing tomorrow am, so she can be alone. So I get to worry about that, lol.

    THEN, I also found out yesterday the hens have lice/mites, so treated them today topically w/ 5% Ivomec, and sprinkled DE in the coop. So now what about the (hopefully soon-to-hatch) chicks? Anyone ever treat a day old?

    Anyway, lots going on here...thanks in advance!

  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    They should be seperated ASAP. "Everyone" says that hens do a great job of protecting their chicks. I have had chicks eaten by my flock. For that reason, I always cage my broodies. Perhaps you could somehow enclose her?

    The mites thing? I would post under Emergencies.

    Best of luck!
  3. personally i would leave the broody in place to raise the chicks.have a BO with 6 chicks out in the coop/run right now and everything seems problems with the rooster or the broody's i will not have to worry about reintegration

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