Outdoor broody raised chicks in Western Maryland

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cycomiko, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Cycomiko

    Cycomiko Songster

    May 27, 2017
    Western Maryland
    I recently had an 8 month old Olive Egger go broody, and she caused a 6 month old Speckled Sussex to join her. Eggs got out of wack, and after hatching 2 the Olive Egger stopped sitting and taught hers. The Speckled Sussex then hatched the next 4. They range in age from 3 weeks to a week and a half. We are going to have some days/nights next week around 70/33. Will the moms be able to keep them warm as they get bigger? I noticed this morning at 58 degrees the youngest was under mom in the run.
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  2. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    From what I've read here on BYC, I think they'll be fine. Mamas can keep them warm.
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  3. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    Temperatures above freezing are uually okay for the mums and chicks.
    What you do need to keep an eye out for is rain at just above freezing.
    The mum, will take care of the chicks to the point of dying for them. If it rains, the chicks will go underneath mum, but this usually means mum stays still and if there isn't adequate shelter gets soaked and at temperatures close to freezing long periods of being wet and possibly exposed to wind chill can make her go hypothermic.
    It's just a matter of keeping an eye on the weather and mum.
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    As long as they are dry they can take pretty cold temps.
    Had broody set and raise chicks in way below freezing temps,
    luckily hatch day brought a thaw of 38°F.
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