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Silkie Eggs soon to hatch (9-26) slight bump in the road

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stef82, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our silkie's eggs are due to start hatching around 9-26. DH (Dear Husband) wants to move her and the chicks indoors in a cage. Our coop isn't chick safe due to the 7 larger hens who might bully her. I told DH that the silkie is a great first time mom so far, I'm sure she can handle protecting her chicks.
    My only issue is, if I do keep her outside do I mix chick food with the adult food? If so, Do I need to buy non-medicated chick crumbles? But how do I get these chicks medicated when I don't want to medicate the whole flock?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I think it would be better if you feed mom and the chicks separately. Chicks should not eat layer food as the high calcium content damages their organs. The chick food would be o.k. for the hen though.
     
  3. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

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    I had an issue with the humidity being to low inside when I moved my silkie and her eggs inside late last fall. They had issues hatching. I ended up having to help all four out because they sat to long after pipping and shrink wrapped. I won't mess with that again.

    I give everyone food that the chicks can eat. So a flockraiser or just a grower food. Nothing medicated. Offer oystershell for the layers and all is good.
     
  4. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input everyone. I guess we will have to set up a cage for her and the babies. Do I bring her in now? Or do I start bringing her in when the eggs start to hatch? Will all this moving around from her nest to a new one ruin anything? This is my first time having a broody hen. I've raised many chicks, but never had a broody hen do all the work for me.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It would be better to wait until after the chicks hatched. She will get upset if you move her now and you'll risk losing the chicks.
     

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