Mother hen and chicks in trouble.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by speedabug, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My he just hatched three chicks today. Next week it is to turn cold and might snow tuesday. I dont have anywhere to put here she is outside. I tried to block all air holes in her nest but im afraid they are still are going to die. I also cant put them with my other chiccks because they peck at them. Please help:
     
  2. chickenranchwife

    chickenranchwife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Put them in a warm spot with a heat lamp. Momma will keep them warm. I am also hatching today. Isn't it exciting?
     
  3. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant they are outside and I cant bring them in.[​IMG]
     
  4. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should stay under moma's wings and keep warm I would think or you could bring the babies inside and put them in a brooder. After it warms up again maybe you could put them back with moma and see if she takes them back.

    Jayare
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    As long as she is inside a coop, they will be fine and she will keep them warm under her wings/body. It is most often better not to interfere with a mama hen - she knows what she's doing. Good luck.

    Jody
     
  6. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have thought of that and the last time I did that she killed them. She is a very mean broody hen.

    Jayare
     
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  7. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope that works of they die I will think its my fault.[​IMG]
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    No it is not your fault. Whatever happens will happen. You cannot control mother nature nor can you control the way the hen handles the babies if you remove them. Do the best you can to secure mama and babies in a warm dry place (if possible) and if not, let mama do her job...be a mama. She will take care of them...most likely she will move to a better place if she is free ranging, once the weather starts to change.

    Good Luck.
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:If you know she is a bad mother, why let her hatch at all? Remove the eggs and hatch them yourself and brood them indoors. That is the safest choice for all.

    Jody
     
  10. speedabug

    speedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just found out today actually. We saw her each day come out and eat we never saw her sit on the eggs. They hens always lay in the same nest box. We have two nest boxes with about 10 holes fo each hen they are in two different pens they are together the pens.
     

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