it's ok to seperate 1 day old baby with their mommy

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by luckygarden, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. luckygarden

    luckygarden Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 momma chickens (1 year old buff orp and new hampshire) sit on bunch of egg together, my husband made few nesting box stack together, each box about 24"x24'x24", i called 3 stories nesting box, they are sitting on the 2nd floor, it's about 4 ft from the ground.

    anyway last week I saw 3 babies, because they are quite high from the floor, I thought I better took them and put on the brooder, I am afraid they will fall, i know momma chicks will protect them but i still wants her sit on the rest of the eggs
    I put them on the brooder, they were very noisy for hours, i guess they are looking for their mommy

    yesterday I saw another baby chick hatched, I did the same thing, I took the baby out and put on the brooder with other 3 babies

    She was noisy and few minutes later one of the chick reply back
    like she said, I am bad person took them from their mother

    Anyway I write this because I feel guilty and thought maybe I should put them with their mother
    They are doing fine now, I just feel bad

    Is that okay i keep steal her baby until all the eggs are gone, do you think mommy chicks will not sit again in the future when they know her baby keep disappear

    thanks for listen
     
  2. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't help you, but good luck. Someone should know this answer. Bump.
     
  3. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have done the same,several times do
    to the fact the mother didnt seem to care where she walked and we lost 7 of her little ones ,so she hatched and we raised in a brooder with a simple 60 watt red bulb. in the house.all are happy , healthy.and 4months old.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Anyway I write this because I feel guilty and thought maybe I should put them with their mother
    They are doing fine now, I just feel bad


    You have not done anything wrong. Don't feel guilty. You were protecting the chicks. I would not try to let two mother hens raise the chicks. I think you should select one of the hens and let her raise them and break the other from being broody. Often, two hens will fight over the chicks and may accidently hurt the chicks in the fight. They can also hurt each other.

    Is that okay i keep steal her baby until all the eggs are gone, do you think mommy chicks will not sit again in the future when they know her baby keep disappear

    Whether they go broody again will depend on hormones. You taking the chicks from them will have no effect on whether they go broody again.
     
  5. luckygarden

    luckygarden Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for all your answer, the babies are doing fine and the momma still sit on other eggs

    I just feel guilty to the mommy chicken because she sit for 21 days and no babies.

    I will let her raise the babies when she hatched her last egg, I saw only 2 eggs left, hope other chicken will net lay egg on her box

    hope central texas weather will not too hot this late spring and summer because I need to extend my coop, too small for the number of chicks I had.

    again thanks ya'll have a good sunday
     

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