- Mar 13, 2016
I get that chicks can go a few days without food or water, while in the nest. What’s bothering me, is how do they get out of the nest? My nesting boxes are about eighteen inches off the ground. I’ve seen the video of baby ducks jumping off the cliff in Alaska falling several hundred feet and most of them surviving. I’m assuming they jump, does anyone really know or one day they are in the nest and the next on the ground? I’m not really worried just curious. Lastly I’m a little worried that since these are communal nests and I’m fairly certain mom is sitting in other hens eggs as well as hers. I seem to be getting one chick a day, which is okay for the first three but any after? Or if there’s still cheeping in the eggs will mom stay in the nest starving the first hatched, waiting on those that haven’t hatched? I’m taking a strictly hands off policy but this is her first and mine. So she’s inexperienced, I have incubated chicks and know how hard it is to bring them safely home. It seems to me there’s so much to go wrong here that she’s going to get caught in the middle of.