hen and me hatchoff--part 2 DILEMMA

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Silkie Sue, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Silkie Sue

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    OK....
    short story long...
    Set eggs in incubator.same day Silkie started sitting
    Eggs hatched yesterday except for 1 still under hen.probably hatched by now...i will look in a couple minutes...
    i have the 2 incubator hatchlings in a brooder in my spare bedroom... i was gonna wait until all the eggs hatched under the hen and sneak my 2 under her tonite...
    here's my dilemma.....
    my DH said " why don't you bring the hen the rest of the babies in??"
    my hen is in the barn and it is 24 degrees F here
    there is a heat lamp on low above her nest .
    Any suggestions
    i would like all the chicks together with the hen
    would they be better off in the barn or in the house?
    please tell me??? [​IMG]
     
  2. they'reHISchickens

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    Can the silkie cover everyone thoroughly? If so, I vote for the barn. Why upset her by changing the enviroment?
     
  3. Silkie Sue

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    you have a great point...
    she has 3 chicks under her now and she could easily handle 2 more....
    like i said there is a heat lamp over her on low...
    she has not gotten off the nest since they started hatching as i put her water and food near her so she doesn't have to move
    it is her first time and i guess my faith in her is not 100% even though she has not disappointed me so far...
    am i just being over worried???
     
  4. caspernc

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    Gosh thats a hard one! You have to let her try but then you hate to lose the chicks......she will be less stressed if not moved........? I would leave her where she is, Happy with her babes. There have been posts about broodies hatching during the harshest weather.
     
  5. Silkie Sue

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    okay...
    i'll put them outside
    but i'll do it tomorrow.. [​IMG]
    that won't be too late willit?
     
  6. caspernc

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    Make sure you do it in the dark...... she will wake up and say wow kewl, I thought I had more.........
     
  7. Silkie Sue

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    [​IMG]

    that is EXACTLY wat she will say... [​IMG]
    thankyou for your support
     

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