Just hatched - now what do I do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CJD, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. CJD

    CJD In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2007
    Hi everyone - My buff orphington was sitting on 10 eggs, and low and behold, one hatched today! I moved her to a cage by herself, but I need some advice. Should I let her take care of the chicks, or take the chicks to a brooder? If I let her take care of them, do I need to put chick starter in the box with her ( I already have a chick-safe waterer)? Will I need a brooder light or will she be warm enough for the chicks?

    I'm really new at this, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.


  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Just make sure momma hen has food and water low enough that she can show the chicks to eat it. Beyond that, she should take care of the rest no problem.
  3. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Relax and enjoy watching the hen and chicks. You must remember, hens were taking care of chicks LONG before we had incubators. She will know just what to do. Keep food and water available, they will find it.

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