New member needs advice about having baby chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by suzroemer, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. suzroemer

    suzroemer Out Of The Brooder

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    hi
    My hen has been sitting on her eggs for about 10 days. The rooster is possessive of her. She growls when I try and pet her. My question is she is in a coop with other hens and it is getting cold (I.e. 23 degrees at night). When her eggs hatch do I taken the chicks inside my house away from the mom?
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    everyone has their own way. i take them and put them in a brooder. they need that heat. i have also taken the hen and eggs and moved them to a brooder together. depends on the hen, or you can section off a part of the coop she is in now. just around her.[​IMG]
     
  3. suzroemer

    suzroemer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. I think I will take the chicks after they are born and bring them up to their pen that has the heat lamp. One more question :) since I'm new at having Eggs hatch at home..once they are hatched the other birds won't bother them will they? I might be at work when they arrive
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    yes, the other birds will probably bother the chicks, and some may attack and kill them It would be better to section off an area just for broody mama and eggs, so other curious fowl cannot get near them. A good mama will take care of her brood and keep them warm enough. If you take her chicks you will have to have heat from a brooder lamp to keep them warm. The first week they should be at 95 degrees and then lower by 5 degrees each succeeding week. When they are fully feathered out they can begin to explore outside.

    If mama raises them she will teach them what they should eat, where the water is and how to be a chicken.
     
  5. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I would. She might be able to do it but that is just not ideal weather for baby chicks [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Cheers from Ohio! [​IMG]Glad you could join us! [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. suzroemer

    suzroemer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, my coop is small so I think I will make a pen for mama and eggs in my warm garage
     
  9. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    what kind of hen is she?
     

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