heard little peeps under hen! yeah!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maymay8, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. maymay8

    maymay8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi all - Just wanted to share thta I think some of the eggs our broody hens have been sitting on have hatched. When we went to water them this a.m., we heard little faint peeps from the hens' direction. Do brandnew chicks make peeping sounds? We didn't see anything and we didn't want to move them. When do they come out from under mama hen? Will she get up and let them out or do they have to climb out from under her warmth?
    Yeah! I'll get pics as soon as I can!
    Thanks for sharing -
  2. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    Astatula Florida
    Congrats oh your new babys..yes I have been listening to the babies chirping in my bator..one last nite and 4 this morning a probably 2 more by noon or so. I would not know anything about eggs under hens but hope to someday..I never done this before in my life but looks like I did it right anyway. Good Luck with your babies!! [​IMG][​IMG]
  3. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:CONGRATS !!! Yes brand new baby chicks make peeping noises !! They will stay under mama hen till they are at least dry and then MAYBE you might see one run out and back in, they will come out from under her soon. If you really want to know just lift her up a tad and look to see if any have hatched !! Also make sure you have chick starter and water near by for mama and babies !!
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Congrats on the new babies. New Mexico bred!
  6. maymay8

    maymay8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I couldn't resist my curiousity so I peeked under one of the hens and sure enough there was a little fuzzball wobbling around under there. AND I saw a little beak peaking out from one of the other eggs. I was so THRILLED. Almost felt like I had another baby - minus the labor pains. Ha! Have to run and get some chick starter!
  7. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    Alright you fellow New Mexicans.... do any of you breed chickens to sell? I'd like to add a few more to my flock. I'd rather not buy from a hatchery.
  8. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    AWWWWW!!!! the mommy will let them out and she will take care of them. Dont worry they will be find. CONGRATS ON THE BABY CHICKS [​IMG]
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    If a hen is smart enough to incubate eggs and get them to hatch chicks then you can trust her to be smart enough to care properly for those chicks. It'll be lots of fun to watch her with them too!

    Of course it's still a good idea to oversee their activity, but I try not to interfere unless there's a big problem, a chick stuck somewhere & can't get out, or something like that.

    The Mama will probably sit on the nest for 24 hours or maybe even more, waiting for everyone to hatch out. The first to hatch will have enough food to go on from the yolk it absorbed, and it'll cuddle up under Mom's wings while its siblings hatch & dry. Then Mama will take the whole brood out for its first meal & drink. And will probably treat herself to a good dust bath to make up for lost time.

    If any eggs are left unhatched, she might go back to the nest and set on them some more. But those usually won't hatch, though there may be live chicks in them. You could try sticking them under another broody, or in an incubator, and Mama might even adopt any chicks who hatch. Maybe not, and then you'll have orphans to raise. Chickens seem to play a numbers game, and are satisfied if just some of their eggs hatch. You don't have to go to extremes to hatch any leftovers if you don't want to.

    Congratulations on your hatch! Right now I have 3 hens with chicks, another who hatched some on Thurs, and another hatching some tonight. Chicks rule!
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