Hatching Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4x4Runner, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. 4x4Runner

    4x4Runner Out Of The Brooder

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    We decided to get some eggs that are starting to hatch. 1 chick hatched last night and we have 5 more to go. My question is we are making a temporary area because the way our chicken coop is was going to be difficult to chick proof so we made a small yard with house for them but I'm worried about the cold. We live in San Diego and it's been getting down in the 50s and Momma hen seems fine but will she be able to keep them warm enough?
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plenty. I've had hens raise chicks in march in a snow storm.
     
  3. 4x4Runner

    4x4Runner Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay! Ok. I just wanted to double check. I also saw that chicks will learn to go up and down ramps? We made a temp area cause I wasn't sure and I'm also worried the other chickens might try and hurt them...
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    The broody hen will protect her chicks and teach them to use the ramp. They will surprise you how quickly they learn. If the ramp is steep, you might tack a terry towel on the surface for the first week for added traction. Teensy baby feet tend to slip.
     

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