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First natural hatching

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kathryn79, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Kathryn79

    Kathryn79 Out Of The Brooder

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    3 out of 3 YAY! Just wondering if it's wise to separate the hen and chicks from the rest of the flock?
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Ideally they should be in a mini coop within the main coop for a few days to a couple of weeks. I personally let my hen make the decision when to take them out and mix with rest of the flock. IMO the adults pretty much ignore very young chicks and they are fine, but of course you need to ensure that the chicks have access to starters food. I usually move their mini coop outside during the day with the door open.

    If in doubt let mum make the decisions as she knows exactly what her chicks need.

    All the best

    Ct
     
  3. Kathryn79

    Kathryn79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, yeh I just put them in a mini coop, I was worried as the mum is pretty much on the bottom of the pecking order, although she put up a great fight while I caught her [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    cheequechick Out Of The Brooder

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    congrats.. very good hatch rate :)
     

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