moving chicks to brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jcskowronek, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silkie hen that started hatching chicks a few days ago. So far one has been born. I have a silkie rooster who is the head of the flock, and 9 rir hens. The silkie rooster sleeps with the silkie hen at night. basically my question is, should i move the chicks and hen into a brooder as she is hatching, or is it better to keep them with the rest of the flock? i don't want to separate the chicks from their mom and i feel like the mom would go crazy without the rooster, I'm just wondering if it is irresponsible to let her raise them in the flock setting.

    some of the eggs are in the final few days as well. Would it ruin the chances of them hatching if I moved them at this point? should i wait until all are hatched or something or can i move them now if i do it very carefully?

    hope that makes sense?
     
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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't care about the rooster at this point. She is only concerned about the chicks. Move her. It's too easy to lose chicks in a flock and i wouldn't trust RIR hens with tiny silkie chicks.
     
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  3. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    is it ok to move her now even though some eggs are in the final days before hatching?
     
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's always a gamble when you change things but that first chick will probably be out later today. If you put her in something tiny like a cat carrier, she can't wander off
     

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