Newly hatched chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jadell, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. jadell

    jadell In the Brooder

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    I walked out to the coop this moring to find one of my broody hens finally hatched some eggs. This is my first time hatching, so I have a few questions. I was wondering if I need to put them in their own little area. I want to keep momma with them. They are with the rest of my chickens at the moment. None of my neighbors seperated them when I was a kid, but I'm not exactly sure. Will momma make sure they have food, or do I need to put out some chick starter? That's all I can think of right now, any advice will be apprecaited!
     
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  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    Hi

    I have never had chicks with a hen before, I am guessing you should put out some chick food, or maybe Mum will find some grubs or something.

    I don't think you need to separate them, just watch to see if any of the other chickens attack.

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  3. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Songster

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    Some mothers are very protective so for your other chickens sake and the safety of the chicks. I would seperate them and yes you need to feed the chicks, mother is not going to whip anything up for them. Good luck.
     
  4. jadell

    jadell In the Brooder

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    I built a little hay bale house for them today so they can be seperate along with their own food and water. I hope this works well, I have 3 other hens setting right now! The babies look great though. It took mum a minute to figure out what was going on, but now they are happily nested in their new home.
     
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