Help, I need advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SNUGGLEBB, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. SNUGGLEBB

    SNUGGLEBB New Egg

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    I have had 2 hens go broody. When the first one hatched out she had 4 babies. I put her in a new coop in a lil house for her and the chicks. Then the next one hatched out. She had one. I moved the first mom and put the new mom in the old mom's house. I made a new house for the first mom and they were seperated by chicken wire. MUCH TO MY HORROR, I checked on them today and the first mother flew over the chicken wire with 2 chicks and went into the old house with the new mom and new chick and left her two others shivering in the corner of the new place. I couldn't believe she abandoned those two so I took them all away from her and put her back in with the hens in the hen house and put the four babies in my brooder box with 25 one week old chicks that I ordered. They love the chicks and care for them like a big sister or something but I'm concerned about the mother. Should I have done this? I was concerned cuz she abandoned two of them. What if she abandoned the other two as well? Did I do the right thing? This is my first experience with all of this. We just got chickens last year so ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
     
  2. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I think you did the right thing. Just be glad you were already prepared to brood them!
    Don't worry, mom will be fine.
    ~Rebecca
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Did you try just keeping them all together or wouldn't they get along OK? I would have done the same thing though. If she was willing to leave them, then it wouldn't be any different if you hatched them yourself. They will be just fine.
     
  4. SNUGGLEBB

    SNUGGLEBB New Egg

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    Thank you so much. I'll rest easier tonight. The chicks are about a week older than the others in there but they took to each other like ducks to water. I saw one of the four peelin dry poop off a baby chicks hind end. I liked that. And they'll teach them what their mom has taught them for the last two weeks.
     
  5. SNUGGLEBB

    SNUGGLEBB New Egg

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    I was told to keep mothers apart cuz they'll peck the other's chicks. That's why I did
     

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