Got a surprise!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lynette, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Old English Game bantam has been laying on 8 eggs. I just thought she was being broody again, but I thought I heard peeping under her and sure enough, she hatched the eggs!! Since this is totally unexpected and my first time at having my own chicken have chicks, what do I do? Let her raise them? It looks like all but 1 egg has hatched. She is still trying to hatch it.
  2. HappyFarmLady

    HappyFarmLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    NE Kansas
    THat is soo exciting!!!! Congrats!!
  3. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Benson, NC
    How Fun!!!!
  4. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Let her raise them - she is probably more prepared to do so than you are. [​IMG] Hopefully those with more chick experience will pipe in with advice. Good luck!
  5. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    That's so cute have fun! [​IMG]
  6. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! We are excited about it. I was thinking I probably will let her raise them. I was just concerned because it is so late in the season and even though they are separated from other chickens, I am not sure how they will be brought into the flock. I will be posting a pic when I get more time. They are sooo adorable!![​IMG]
  7. Just let her do the mothering. All you have to make sure of is that you have food that can fit in their mouths (crumbles work well.) And a watersource they can reach. As for the rest of the high-matinence chicks require, the hen takes care of it! Broodiness is an amazing thing.
  8. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Quote:super like [​IMG] that is sooo awesome!
  9. chickens are great 12

    chickens are great 12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2011
    [​IMG] thats so exciting!! My one Mini Japanese Chicken sits on her eggs a lot. I think shes just broody, and we don't have any roosters so she can't have any chicks. it would be funny if I checked her and underneath her I found chicks!! Haha! [​IMG] good luck with the chicks! It is fun to have chicks! [​IMG]
  10. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Carolina
    Definitely let her raise them. She'll do great job. Keep an eye on how they're hatching out. If any are unhatched in a few days, take them away so she'll get up and start mothering the chicks. Otherwise, she'll do the rest! Congrats! We hatched out 5 Japanese-Old English Game Bantams earlier this summer. I wrote about it on my blog (link below) if you want more tips.

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