Now what should I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KeMe, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. KeMe

    KeMe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 hens who insist the it's their nest. I just found 2 baby chicks in the nest and both hens are claiming ownership.

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    Should I take the chicks away so that they won't smother them? Or should I just take a chance it that they chicks will be okay?
    This is really weird.
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I once had two hens share one chick (only 1 egg hatched.) It worked out just fine with those particular chickens.
     
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mama hens know best.
    It's ok[​IMG]
     
  4. KeMe

    KeMe Out Of The Brooder

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    Will the hens feed the chicks or do I need to give them some chick starter? If I give the chicks the chick starter won't the hens eat it up before the chicks get a chance to eat it?
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Give them all chick starter or a flock raiser feed. They should have enough that they can eat all they want.
     
  6. KeMe

    KeMe Out Of The Brooder

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    Am I supposed to take the chicks out from under their mom and feed them in a brooder or will she feed them and kick them out of the nest later?
     
  7. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would separate the hens, give one the chicks that have hatched and let the other one sit on the rest of the eggs so she can have her own. I have found squashed chicks when other hens try to ley eggs where the broody is sitting. let mom teach them to eat whatever you feed tehm.
     

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