Raising chicks with a hen's help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PDS3, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. PDS3

    PDS3 Just Hatched

    Oct 30, 2016
    Hi everyone,

    Yesterday my broody hen hatched the cutest little chick ever! [​IMG]

    I have read a lot about newborn chicks, but most of it is about chicks that have been incubated. Does anyone have any helpful advice for chicks that already have hen mothers?

    I really would like to find out how long I can hold the chick for, and when will the chick be able to walk around in the normal heat.

    Thanks so much for your help,

    PDS3 [​IMG]
  2. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2016
    New brunswick Canada
    I don't know about the how long to hold her but
    let the hen decide when to let the chicks roam in normal heat She knows whats best for her chicks
  3. PDS3

    PDS3 Just Hatched

    Oct 30, 2016
    Ok thanks! [​IMG]
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Here's a tip. If you want the chick to be friendly, when you go to hold it, also pick up and hold the broody, that is if she enjoys being handled. The chick will take its cues from its mama and will be friendly if the broody enjoys being held.

    I also had a single chick hatch this past summer, and I held it along with the broody hen. The chick ended up being very trusting and not the least bit skittish because her broody mama was such a lap hog when I always held them together.

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