First time Mom

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by LilCtryGal, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. LilCtryGal

    LilCtryGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had my first chick hatch the old fashion way! My Sicilian Buttercup has been sitting on about 9 eggs for over 21 days in one of the nesting boxes. Sunday I thought maybe I should get rid of them because nothing was happening. Well good thing I procrastinated. Last night I found one had hatched. I moved Mom, Chick and other eggs to the infirmary. I was told that other hen's could hurt the baby, is this the right thing to do? How much longer should I wait for the other's to hatch? This is a silly question but will she keep laying eggs while she is brooding? [​IMG]
     
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I would wait up to 48 hours. If they're not cracked you could try the water test. Your hen will most likely not lay for a while during her chick raising.

    Congratulations on your new chicks!
     
  3. LilCtryGal

    LilCtryGal Out Of The Brooder

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    So it's been a week since my first hatched. I have 5 left that my Hen has been sitting on. I did the float test last week and again today. They are all sinking. I put one up to my ear and I believe I hear pecking going on. Is it possible? Do I let Mother Nature take it's course? I'm so confused!!! I'm afraid to crack the egg and find a baby in there.

    How long do I lean the Mother Hen in with the new baby?
     
  4. LilCtryGal

    LilCtryGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Another egg hatched! Do I need to give my babies a vacination?
     
  5. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

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    Might be best to read the threads here regarding vaccinations. Between the learning center, forums, other chicken experts on the internet and your local avian/farm vet(s) I would think you would be able to make the best informed decision on the best next step.
    Congrats on the new 'fuzz-butt'...
     

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