I want to be sure the chicks are getting food/water...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bkjerabek, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Bkjerabek

    Bkjerabek New Egg

    Aug 23, 2008
    [​IMG] I put fertile eggs under my bantams that were both sitting on the same nest. Two just hatched, one for sure yesterday, one either yesterday or today. They are in a nesting box with a short maybe 2 inch lip from the inside of the box to the top edge, then a 3 inch drop to the floor. I don't know if the moms can get them to the food and water set out. They know it is there but I never see them getting the chicks to them.
    Should we take the moms off them and set them all on the floor and hope they figure it out? Or should I move their entire nest to the floor, it still has 3 eggs to do that may or may not hatch tomorrow or the next day. I just don't want the chicks dying of dehydration or something.

    Thank you.
  2. Lairvine

    Lairvine Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2007
    The Original Downeast NC
    They should be fine for 3 days or so. If you take them out of the nest it may cause momma hen to abandon the other eggs in the nest.

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