I need advice ASAP please...egg in nest hatched!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Country Mouse, May 8, 2009.

  1. Country Mouse

    Country Mouse New Egg

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    My bantam hen has been sitting on an egg for about three weeks and lo and behold, the egg hatched (today, I think). It was just one egg and I never actually expected it to hatch but thought I'd let her give it a shot. She is in the rabbit hutch coop inside the chicken run with my bantam frizzle roo and noone else.
    Am I right that I should get him out of there?
    What else do I need to do? Should I leave the tiny little chick with her mother? As far as I know this hen has never raised any chicks. Should I set up an indoor brooder and take the chick away? Or should I put mother and chick indoors together? I could close them up in the hutch/coop, but shouldn't I clean it? I would like to give the chick the best chance for survival. I am in KY, temps are between 50 and 75 this time of year.
    I am a complete newbie and need step-by-step-for-dummies instructions.
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Keep an eye on her and see if she protects the chick(s?). Some roos are really good with chicks.
     
  3. Country Mouse

    Country Mouse New Egg

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    She is very protective of the chick, she has not left the nest and really went after me when I moved her to see what was under there. I was so shocked to see a tiny, fuzzy baby.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Sounds like she's shaping up to be a good mom. I'd leave the chick in there (esp b/c it sounds like WWIII to get it away from her!)
     

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