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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jennamic, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. jennamic

    jennamic New Egg

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    Hello! I've joined to get some help as I obtained some chickens. The fox got one [​IMG] so I have a hen and a rooster left and recently the hen started sitting on an egg, so we left her to it and yesterday a wee chick appeared. So, they were in a raised modern coop but I've moved her and the chick into a lower wooden one that the chick will be able to get out and in. I don't really know what I'm doing, people keep telling me that nature will take care of it... However, apart from closing them in at night and feeding them as usual (layers pellets and corn and water), is there anything else I should be doing? The rooster appears quite friendly so can he stay in with them at night or will he attack the chick? Do I need to feed the chick anything different? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm sure mum will take care of her chick, and the chick should be fine with the roo. It would be better to feed them all chicken starter feed as this has the necessary nutrients for new born chicks, and will also be totally fine for the mum and rooster.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! The chick shouldn't be eating layer feed, as the high calcium content can be harmful, and the hen (since she's broody and not laying) and the cockerel doesn't need it at the moment, so I'd suggest switch them all 3 to a chick starter feed. Here is a wonderful informative thread on broody hen hatches, that I think you'll enjoy:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...en-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread/0_30
     
  4. harley587

    harley587 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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  5. jennamic

    jennamic New Egg

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    Thank you all! I went to my local farm store today and she sold me some of the chick starter so I've put that in. Thanks for the advice and link... I'll get reading! :). [​IMG]
     
  6. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww sweet :) Welcome to BYC, I've said welcome to two scots in one day now, that's very unusual :lol: Hope to see you around!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Adorable hen & chick. Young chicks and roosters have no need for layer feed & the calcium levels could harm their kidneys.
     

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