Protecting baby chicks

katiehoward

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Mar 5, 2018
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I have a Banty hen who sat on 7 eggs. One day before the first hatch a second Banty decided to share the nesting box. So I have one nesting box with 2 mothers and 4 chicks, waiting on the last 3 eggs to hatch. The chicken house is also shared by a Banty rooster and 3 laying hens. Question: should I leave as is? Separate the chicks from the rest of the group for water and food with or without one of the hens? Leave the 2nd hen to hatch the rest of the eggs? Will they be safe with the larger hens in the house?

In the past I have always separated the chicks and hens into a separate house but I don't have that luxury now (unless it's a life or death matter). Suggestions?
 

pennyJo1960

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I have a Banty hen who sat on 7 eggs. One day before the first hatch a second Banty decided to share the nesting box. So I have one nesting box with 2 mothers and 4 chicks, waiting on the last 3 eggs to hatch. The chicken house is also shared by a Banty rooster and 3 laying hens. Question: should I leave as is? Separate the chicks from the rest of the group for water and food with or without one of the hens? Leave the 2nd hen to hatch the rest of the eggs? Will they be safe with the larger hens in the house?

In the past I have always separated the chicks and hens into a separate house but I don't have that luxury now (unless it's a life or death matter). Suggestions?

do you have a ways to move Mom and peeps taking the two unhatched with them
 

katiehoward

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Mar 5, 2018
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Ha! I tried to move one of the hens and she flew at me, landed on my head and started flapping. Good thing she was a Banty. I was thinking of moving both moms, all chicks and unhatched eggs...I'll have to throw the moms in a sack because they are frantic when I get near them. (Even though I'm always kind :))
 

pennyJo1960

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Ha! I tried to move one of the hens and she flew at me, landed on my head and started flapping. Good thing she was a Banty. I was thinking of moving both moms, all chicks and unhatched eggs...I'll have to throw the moms in a sack because they are frantic when I get near them. (Even though I'm always kind :))

well you know Mom's are solid sorry should have warned you
even a towel might do the trick
 

katiehoward

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Mar 5, 2018
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Hello, The Mommas won't let anything happen to the Chicks. I would just leave them..Best of luck.
Well, after the first chick fell out of the nest (about 3 feet to the chicken house floor) I moved the nicer hen with the chicks to a separate house where they are on straw floor. No danger! Everyone seems happy and calm.The crazy hen now is left with just one egg but she did hatch out one yesterday.
 

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Well, after the first chick fell out of the nest (about 3 feet to the chicken house floor) I moved the nicer hen with the chicks to a separate house where they are on straw floor. No danger! Everyone seems happy and calm.The crazy hen now is left with just one egg but she did hatch out one yesterday.
I meant set them up Floor level in the Coop..You can put them in the flock at 5 days old with Momma..Did not know you hatched in your Coop up high in a nest box?...
 

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