I need opinions...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MinniesMomma, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. MinniesMomma

    MinniesMomma Songster

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    I have five chicks, all of them hatched either Thursday or Friday. I have been able to watch them all weekend and be sure that mamas are doing a good job, water is available, all of that stuff. Tomorrow I go back to work and my quandry is this. If I leave them with mamas there is a chance they will be injured or dehydrated or whatever while I am at work. I could put them in the brooder with food and water and I know they would be safe. However, when mamas raise them, they are integrated almost immediately and if I take them away I will have to do that myself later. Also, there are a few eggs still to hatch and the mamas are basically ignoring them. What should I do?
     
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  2. 9SpiceyChickens

    9SpiceyChickens Crowing

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    Do you have an extra incubator?

    Leave the chicks with the mamas, they love their babies as much as you do <3
     
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  3. getaclue

    getaclue Enabler

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    Put an extra water source in for them, as insurance they'll stay hydrated, and keep them with mama.
     
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  4. MinniesMomma

    MinniesMomma Songster

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    I have several waterers in different areas and I do not have any incubators. I do think the mamas would be very stressed if I took their babies away.
     
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  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    If the broody hens are off their nests and with the hatched chicks, those other cold eggs aren't going to hatch. have you candled them to see what's happened in there? Are they duds anyway?
    I leave chicks with their mamas, although are there any problems with the different broody hens interacting with each other? If they are getting along that's great, if arguing, separate the families for now.
    Mary
     
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  6. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

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    Leave the chicks with mama, toss the old eggs, go back to work, and don't stress. A mama hen knows 1000% more about raising chicks than the entire collective on this forum.
     
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    So very true!!!
     
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  8. MinniesMomma

    MinniesMomma Songster

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    I appreciate all your input! I am going to leave the babies alone. All three Mamas are getting along fine, and even seemed to take turn watching the chicks. I have one more Broody hen and gave the eggs to her. I'm not exactly sure what I am looking for inside the eggs but some of them are still warm.
     
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  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Broody hens have been raising chicks for millions of years and humans with chicks have been going to work for tens of thousands of years - leaving the task to hens. They don't need your intervention.
     
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  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Look up embryonic development as seen in candled eggs; it's obvious if there's no development, partial development, and sometimes if the embryo is moving in there. It's not fun to have a rotten egg explode under a broody hen! :sick
    Mary
     

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