remove baby chick's from mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by drifter240z, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. drifter240z

    drifter240z New Egg

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    Hey all! So my girls decided to become broody!
    She is sitting on 10 eggs, and 2 have hatched and a third one is on the way!

    The mama has been good with the babies
    (Both of my chickens are broody and booth act really well around the chicks) today when I went outside, I noticed that mama and the chick's were outside. This is the first time I've seen them leave the nest. Long story short, I couldn't find one of my babies! I searched for over an hour and finally found her dead :/
    I'm pretty sure a rat may have gotten the baby.. I've caught multiple rats trying to steal food.

    So my question is, should I just keep the babies inside? I made a box with food and water, and a red heat lamp for the baby tonight.

    Your insight would be very great! Thank you
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    If possible, I'd rat-proof the coop and leave chicks with momma. It will be better for both.

    Ct
     
  3. drifter240z

    drifter240z New Egg

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    I could try to rat proof the coop, but I've tried in the past. I've personally caught 4 rats over a foot long in the coop.
    Also, I already have the baby inside, would it be bad if I gave her back to mama tomorrow? I don't want her to die :\
    Thanks again for the info![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You could try, but make sure that you supervise because she may reject the chick.

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  5. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try giving the chick back at night. Sneak her under momma with the others.
     

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