Expecting chicks any day with bad weather

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KDrake, May 21, 2019.

  1. KDrake

    KDrake Chirping

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    So, our broody hen has 9 eggs. They are set to hatch this week and our weather is crappy.

    It's 33 degrees right now and supposed to get down to 27. Snowing. Lows from 32-34 for the next 3 days.

    Will the chicks be warm enough? Should we put in a heat lamp?

    I wish summer would just get here already :barnie
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

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    Your mama should keep them nice and warm.

    I have had a bantam with day olds out in this kind of weather. No one suffered from it. Make sure she has plenty of dry space.

    Right now that same bantam has 2 chicks that are approximately 3 weeks old. She is doing a lot of hunkering down keeping them warm in this cold snap.

    It is snowing here right now. :(
     
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  3. starri33

    starri33 Crowing

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    Is your hen and the eggs somewhere that is reasonably draft free? does she have plenty of straw to help keep her warm? if she does they should be ok.. if the chicks get cold they will snuggle up under her.
     
  4. KDrake

    KDrake Chirping

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    Oh, yes! She has her own covered, protected spot inside our chicken coop.

    Thanks for the reassurance!
     
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  5. KDrake

    KDrake Chirping

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    That's so good to know! Thank you!
     
  6. 21hens-incharge

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    Is she a first time mom?
    What breed is she?

    If she is a first time mom I would set up a brooder space in case she rejects them.
    Not all hens know what to do. Just be ready in case she isn't so good at it.

    :fl That she is AWESOME at mom things.
     
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    starri33 Crowing

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    I had worried about my full grown chickens, lol, they were fully feathered when they first went to their coop, I would put heat lamps and try and seal off the coop during the winter, I found out through reading here that they didn't need the lamp and it could cause trouble if I kept it sealed up.. I did away with the heat lamp and left some area's open for ventilation.
     
  8. KDrake

    KDrake Chirping

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    Yes, she's a first mom and she's a blue laced red wyandotte. I will get our brooder ready just in case!

    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    I am hopeful for you!

    My broody mama is a bantam cochin. I don't have experience with Wyandotte moms. She could be great!
     
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