I've got a pip! A question too

Maidservant

Songster
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
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Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Well, we have a pip out of the first batch of eggs. The next is set to hatch tomorrow or Sunday, and the next won't hatch until Halloween! For you picture hungry people, I will be taking pictures as soon as I can get the three broodies on the nest off long enough to get one!

For the question, if chicks are left with their mother, how cold is too cold? We have been having days in the 70's and nights in the 50's, but a cold front is moving in this weekend, and it may dip down into the 30's at night. My chickens are still in a pen with a cage (covered in tarps for now) to sleep in. I don't want the little ones to get too cold, especially with these being the first chicks from my chickens. I have three brooders if I need them (for the different sets of eggs).

Thanks,
Emily in NC - Who is heading back out to wait impatiently for her first grandchick to hatch!
 

KKluckers

Time Out
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Sep 4, 2007
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The hen sould be able to keep them warm if she doesnt have to many chicks. I wouldnt think it would be a problem.
 

Maidservant

Songster
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
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Norwich, Norfolk, UK
The first one out is a silkie, but I still have a RIR and silkie egg that still need to hatch! The eggs could be a mix. I have silkies, RIR, EE's, and a sultan for my roos. The second batch is from mixed moms, and the third batch is all from my RIR girls. I like mixing the breeds, just to see what I'll end up with. Most people around here don't care if it's a mixed breed or not, thankfully.

Thanks,
Emily
 

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