New MOM! Need some help!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by stcroixusvi, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    Our Silkie, Suzie, has had several attempts to hatch chicks, which we've indulged, not really thinking she'd be successful...she is not really a favorite of our 1 rooster (20 hens). But look! So meanwhile, what do we do? She shares this smaller coop with 3 other hens. Do I put some water in the nesting box? How do they manage the ramp?

    The peeps are half Polish, half Silkie - they have feathered legs - very sweet.
     
  2. chickarooo

    chickarooo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just put some water in the nesting box and let nature take it's course if you do not think the eggs she is sitting on are fertile and if you want chicks you can always chuck some other fertile eggs under her and see what happens good luck[​IMG]
     
  3. Ron D

    Ron D Out Of The Brooder

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    I never put feed or water in a nest box. A brooding hen needs to get off the nest from time to time
     
  4. chickarooo

    chickarooo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know but some Broodies don't like getting off the eggs and if u don't leave food and water mummy could get really sick so I say if she dosen't want to budge when u try to look at her eggs and if she pecks u alot put the food and water in with her
     
  5. Ron D

    Ron D Out Of The Brooder

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    If you don't leave it in the nest she will go get it when she needs it
     

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