keeping chicks warm under broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JackLucas1, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. JackLucas1

    JackLucas1 New Egg

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    Dear All

    Thanks for the advice recently on dealing with poohy eggs. You were all right to leave her to it, I heard cheeping this afternoon from under my hen.

    My concern now is the temperature. It has dropped dramatically here over the last couple of weeks, down to 10 degrees.

    Should I take heed of your last advice and let nature take its course or do I need to give her a little help.

    Thanks in advance

    Ant
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    The mom will keep them warm.
     
  3. ChickenMack

    ChickenMack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need to help your mama hen, nature prepared her perfectly to do the job whether it is zero degrees or a hundred degrees, she knows better than us what to do. Unless....she decides she doesn't want to and then you will have to step in with your brooding equipment and do the job.
     
  4. JackLucas1

    JackLucas1 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone,

    I ended up covering the house with a couple of old blankets to take the chill off and stop the major drafts.

    I saw all 8 of the chicks venture out today for a drink and a bite to eat, so it can't be too cold.

    mother nature is awesome

    Thanks again for the advice.

    Ant.
     

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