I didn't think it would happen!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RAPmom, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. RAPmom

    RAPmom Out Of The Brooder

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    My very good mommy hatched her first egg last night! Now what? I didn't think it would happen. She still has 5 eggs under her, how long should I wait for those? She is in a dog crate and its cold here, she is in my mud room, I usually let put her out for a few hours during the day to poo and stretch her legs, should I still do that? Do I need to get chick food? Can I touch the baby? Oh wow! I am so excited! I just didn't think it would work, the baby is not hers, she is a buff orphington and this little guy is black.
    Any suggestions welcome!
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Congratulations!

    You can feed mom and chick commercial chick food-the little guy or gal will appreciate crumbles, and you can allow the new family supervised excursions for a short period of time-unless the weather is wicked cold. Otherwise, if the mud room is safe you can spread newspaper (or a tarp) and cover with pine shavings. The other eggs may hatch out in a day or so. Staggered hatch is common but I usually toss out any unhatched eggs by the fourth day.

    Due to bad weather I made a Cardboard Corral in the garage for my youngsters and they did very well. I had a nice coop ready for them but the weather was just too cold. So I made this in my garage. The outside temps ranged around 30-40 degrees F. I did supply two heat lamps but discovered one kept the chicks warm enough- 75 degrees. I used three large cardboard boxes, a tarp and lined the tarp with pine shavings or shredded paper. Although they did taste the shredded paper none of the birds suffered from any problems-so be careful of using shredded paper with colored ink.


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    Definitely not fancy but I raised the chicks in this until they were 5 or 6 weeks old.

    Then they graduated to a gogo pen in Chicken Fortress

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    The pen kept the youngsters safe from the older chicks.

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    When the chicks acclimated I put the older chicks (three) in the pen and allowed the younger ones to explore.


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    Raising chicks is fun but does take some time to keep them clean and happy.

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    Eventually my crew graduated to the big out doors


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  3. RAPmom

    RAPmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! Thank you! I can do similar in my garage. Will momma keep them warm or will I need the heat lamp?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Congrats!

    Momma hen will keep them warm, but if it's really cold in there you can hang a heat lamp in there as well. Mom will enjoy it and it'll keep the chicks warm if they wander off.
     

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