Momma and three chicks, do I need to do anything?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crzy chkn ldy, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. crzy chkn ldy

    crzy chkn ldy Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought this hen had become food for some stray dogs in the
    area but she was in the coop this morning with three little chicks.
    Do I need to leave feed on ground for the chicks or will momma
    take care of all that? First time I have had momma and chicks. I
    have always been the momma. lol.
     
  2. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a fun surprise!!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure the food available to baby and momma is NOT layer feed. Get a non-medicated starter or a grower for all. Layer is bad for babies.
     
  4. crzy chkn ldy

    crzy chkn ldy Out Of The Brooder

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    I do use a grower/finisher for all my chickens, but wasn't sure if I needed to do anything diff. Thanks for your help
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    How cute, what a nice surprise. Do you use pellets or crumbles? If that is the feeder right behind the waterer, they can probably find enough on the ground from the other chickens tossing some out. You might leave some of the starter/grower crumbles out in a shallow pan near there for the chicks for a day or two if you want, mom will probably scratch it out showing it to them.
     
  6. crzy chkn ldy

    crzy chkn ldy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I will do that! And yes it was a fun surprise!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They'll need to be able to reach the water, also.
     
  8. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Chicken Obsessed

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    Put a brick in the water if its an open top one to prevent drowning.
     

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