Newly hatched babies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pam Allan, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Pam Allan

    Pam Allan Out Of The Brooder

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    I just discovered my cornish hen who has been AWOL for about 2 weeks has hatched a bunch of babies in the front yard. We have rat snakes and other predators. I wonder - should I move her to a rabbit cage (pretty large) along with the babies and unhatched eggs for them to be safer - or should I just leave her alone?
     
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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    It would be safer for her if you did that, in my opinion. Even other chickens will kill the chicks.....
     
  3. Pam Allan

    Pam Allan Out Of The Brooder

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    I just moved them to the cage - I feel better - I think mama does too. I moved the eggs too - there were 4 unhatched - thankfully I was out there fitting the poultry netting over the cage to keep the snakes out when I heard a pop and sure enough one of the eggs had popped - Yuck - anyway - I got it out in a hurry and disposed of it - boy do those things stink! If the others haven't hatched by tomorrow night - I'm removing them. It's so hot here I don't want anymore rotten eggs under her and all over the babies. She's sitting on them now - they are soooo cute. Mama is a Cornish hen and daddy is an Austrolorps. [​IMG]
     

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