Is it normal?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by snchez22, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. snchez22

    snchez22 New Egg

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    Is it normal for a chicken to lay on her baby after it hatches? Or should I try and take the newly hatched baby out from under her and take it away?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Mother hens have been hatching and rearing chicks for eons. There is no reason to take the chick away.
     
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  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Let her keep her baby[​IMG]. They set on top of them to keep them warm. It means she loves it and is being a good mama.

    Make sure there is food and water within reach of the mama hen if she is still going to set on the other eggs awhile...so she can teach the new little one to eat and drink without leaving the nest.

    If she is up in a nesting box off the floor, she will handle it...she will likely leave the other eggs soon and her new baby chick will get the attention. The new chicks don't have to eat or drink for the first couple of days...they are digesting the egg yolk now.
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] sounds like you have a good broody mama
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, snchez22, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you with us! I agree with drumstick and chickensaresweet! Good luck to you!
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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