new to byc 1st time setter on the nest.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by in the buff, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. in the buff

    in the buff New Egg

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    Hi im in texas . I have buff orps. 1 rooster 2 hens. Need to go out of town f/a week can I lock rooroo up w/hens and new chicks? Coop is 9' x 9'.
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the age of the chicks, if they were broody hatched, and the temperament of your flock. If you give me the answer to all three I can give you some advice as to what I think the best (safest) way to put them together.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Are they all together now? Normally, the broody/mama will protect new chicks from the other hens. It's always possible something will go wrong, though. My limited experience has been that it's always the hens that try to go after the chicks; the cocks that I've had have been protective of the chicks, and helped care for them.

    And welcome to our forum!
     
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I don't trust leaving my birds alone for more than 24 hours as many things can and do happen. So just be aware that it may or may not go smoothly. Make sure all water and feeders are locked down so that they will never run out of feed or water.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG].
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. 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. in the buff

    in the buff New Egg

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    Hello & tks
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I've never experienced that situation so I can't advise, but good luck to you.
     

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