SURPRISE CHICKS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dannyisforreal, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. dannyisforreal

    dannyisforreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my older chickens has just surprised me with baby chicks! I am very existed!! However the broody is in my barn and the temps are around 50 degrees and going to lower in a few weeks should i take them away from their mom or will they be ok under them? I don't have a head count because the rooster is not fond of me messing with the hen. and the hen isn't fond of me messing with her. Please answer
     
  2. Sienatiger

    Sienatiger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would take them in and put them in a brooder and under a heat lamp. It is best for chicks not to grow up with their mother, as the other chickens will pick on them witch can result to death or serious injury. So nice to have a surprise! Good luck!
     
  3. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The mother is perfectly capable of keeping them warm and most have no trouble keeping their chicks safe from the rest of the flock. Growing your flock this way is the most natural and normal thing in the world. Leave them be unless there is an actual reason you can't.
     
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  4. Sienatiger

    Sienatiger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have nothing against it, but I just heard that the better and safer way was to take them away from their mother. Do what is best for you though.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    X2. Hens have been raising chicks forever and it's certainly easier then brooder raising them.
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right. We brooder raise them because we don't have the momma hen to do it for us!
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd leave them with the mama. She'll keep them warm, make sure they have food and water and teach them how to be chickens. I've done it both ways, and broody-raised chicks just seem to do better. Especially if you can integrate them in with the flock right away. Mama will protect them, they'll learn proper flock manners, and if something happens to the mama, they'll already be accepted members of the flock. (This happened with my chickens this summer) Broody-raised chicks also seem to be more predator savvy than ones raised by people.
     
  8. dannyisforreal

    dannyisforreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the insight!!
     
  9. dannyisforreal

    dannyisforreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately i can't find any of the chicks. Though the mom is around and i see her. I don't think they survived. I think it was the cold or the rooster. [​IMG]
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Or a predator
     

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