Help! Babies hatched today and I have to leave for the weekend.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by splotchy1, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. splotchy1

    splotchy1 Hatching

    Apr 5, 2010
    I need advice! We had 3 little chicks hatch today. Mama is sitting on them in the nesting box in the coop.
    We will be leaving tomorrow and gone from Friday morning until late Sunday night and have no way to change our plans.

    We have 3 other grown chickens as well.
    How do I set these little guys up to have what they need for the weekend?
    Do I shut mama and the babies in the coop and create another place for the other three to huddle down outside at night?
    Do I put chick starter and water in the upper level of the coop? What if they fall out off the ramp and end up in the bottom level.
    I'm so confused as to how to keep them safe!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The mother hen will care for them. Feed the whole flock starter feed. Make sure they have enough water and feed for the weekend. Perhaps block off the upper level so the hen has to stay on the main floor so the chicks can go under her when they need warmth.

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