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It's a cold and windy day, chicks are 2 1/2 weeks old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Suechick, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Suechick

    Suechick Songster

    Oct 27, 2009
    Carlsbad, CA
    And mama hen has them outside. I'm so worried that the babies will get chilled. Anyone have some practical advice short of chasing them down and locking them up inside?

  2. Apyl

    Apyl Songster

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    Let momma do her thing. She's knows best.
  3. My first time around, I raised four hatchery chicks in the brooder. I must have checked the temperature five times a day and I didn't let them go outside until they were more than a month old.

    Second time around, my broody Buff Orpington raised the new chicks in the coop and I think she had them outside by the time they were a week or two old. I learned a lot from her! She knew EXACTLY what to do - it was pretty amazing to watch. And if one of them got cold, it would just snuggle under mama hen - she was the ultimate warm blanket!

    And don't be surprised when they're mostly grown and she starts pecking at them - when she's done, she's done. She lets them know when they're on their own. I wish I'd had chickens when my kids were young - I think I would have been a better parent [​IMG]
  4. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    I have my first broody and I just gave her some eggs a week ago....I can't wait till they hatch! I am going to have so much fun watching her take care of them.

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