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Should I leave new chicks with hen or put under light????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SJB, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. SJB

    SJB Hatching

    Sep 22, 2009
    Hello, I am new to the group,
    I have had chickens for several years, but this is my first time
    letting a hen lay on them to hatch. We candled our eggs the other night and all were viable (10 silkies)
    and one just hatched with a 2nd with a small hole in the egg. I dont know if I should leave them with mom after they hatch in our MI weather, or move them indoors under a light?!?!? I'd rather
    let mom raise them as long as its ok, but if its not I want to know before its too late.
    We have them in a fenced enclosure in basically a
    dog house type thing we built. We have a full size coop but we moved them to this away from the other chickens for now.

    Any tips?

    Thanks, Stephanie

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    Mom will keep them warm enough and she will teach them things - chicken smarts - that no human can teach them. [​IMG]
    Just my opinion.
  3. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Quote:I totally agree with gritsar. We recently let our BO hen, Sarah, hatch 6 babies, and she was the most amazing mother to them. She taught them how to eat and how to forage. She led them to the waterer when she felt they needed to drink, showed them how to preen themselves and take dust baths. She chased them all back into the nest at bedtime, and kept them warm and safe from harm until they were 6 weeks old (which is when chicken moms lose interest and send their kids on their merry way...). Nature knows best, so leave them with their mother.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  4. SJB

    SJB Hatching

    Sep 22, 2009
    Thanks for the advice, thats what I was hoping!
    I like to let nature take its course and try to do things
    more natural around here so thats great news!
    She has never had chicks before, but I could tell she'd be
    a great mother when we got some new chicks in the spring and she was trying to shelter and care for them.

  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Silkies are good moms...leave them with her. Gritstar and others are right on in their advice.

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