Looking for help on baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hitnspit, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. hitnspit

    hitnspit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
    New Haven, Vermont
    ok this is what i want to do. I have a poultry farm and would like to have a rooster and hen do there thing. Now would i have to take the chicks from the hen to feed and water or will mother do that. Just wondering what you all think. I plan on grabbing them as they come out of the shell but just wondering what you all do...Thanks.....jim
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The hen has to be broody to set. You will know if she is broody because she won't get off the nest.

    You can put the eggs in an incubator if you don't have a broody hen. It takes 21 days to hatch.

    If you hatch them in the incubator, you need a brooder to raise them in. See here:
    those fish tank brooders are too small to use for long though

    See the brooders in the coop section of BYC for larger ideas.

    Or you can brood in a barn/shed with cardboard all around:
    scroll down

    If the mama hen has hatched them out she will raise them. Some mamas are better than others so she and the chicks might need protection from the rest of the flock for awhile.

    Let her raise them! It is much easier and she desires to have a family. I once took away chicks from a mama when they were a few weeks old. I will never forget the look on her face. So crestfallen and I am tortured to this day with the memory.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012

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