Raising baby silkie chicks with a hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SilkieChick2, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. SilkieChick2

    SilkieChick2 Hatching

    Feb 3, 2015
    I have raised day old silkie chicks on my own before but this time I'm doing it naturally with a hen and I'm not sure about a couple of things. 1) Bedding: I prepared the cage with paper towels on the 1/2 with food and water but I still need something for the hen to lay on. She has been laying on the eggs with a nest made of timothy hay. Will the new born chicks be OK on that surface? 2) Do I need a lamp on the cage if there is a hen? They are in the garage and the temp is no lower than 55 at night. I put the lamps on them today since the chicks are already starting to hatch but I think the hens were too hot so I turned them off.
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Songster

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Timothy hay should be fine. I usually cover the floor of the brooder with pine shavings or straw. So long as the surface is not slippery, it will be fine. You should not need a lamp for the chicks. As long as they can all fit under the momma hen, they should be plenty warm. Good luck with your babies!

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