Food and water for chicks?! Placement help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by philyc, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. philyc

    philyc Out Of The Brooder

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    Help please. Our chicks are hatching and I've just had a thought. Where should the food and water go?

    One of our bedpost hens is hatching them so they are just in the coop. Should I put food and water in the co-op with then and the other hens or should I just leave it outseid?

    It's about a 3.5 inch step to get in/out of the coop.

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    I would put some with them, doesn't have to be a whole lot but something mamma can show her babies until they are all ready to go out.
     
  3. philyc

    philyc Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I have put a small dish of water and some food in the coop with them along with ramps from the nest box and into the run just in case.
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Be sure the water is such that the babies can't stumble into it. Many chicks have drowned in less than 1/2" of water left in an open dish.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I have a few broodies in the main flock right now. My feeder and waterer for the adult birds are both elevated, to keep the water clean and reduce feed waste. I simply sprinkle feed on the ground a few times a day for the chicks to eat, and set up a smaller waterer on a 2x4 or brick, whatever, to keep it our of the bedding.
     

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