Surprise hatch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by downinthecanyon, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. downinthecanyon

    downinthecanyon New Egg

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    Hey, guys, one of my chickens, who has refused to go into the coop at night for several weeks, just turned up with 15 baby chicks today. Should I try to corral them or should I just let her be?
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I'd hate for them to get eaten by a predator.
     
  3. downinthecanyon

    downinthecanyon New Egg

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    Exactly! And we have red tailed hawks that would like nothing more than to snatch the little guys off the ground. I just don't know what to do.
     
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second the old chicken! Can you post some pictures? That's gotta be something to see! FIFTEEN of the little fuzzbutts! Good job, mama hen!
     
  5. downinthecanyon

    downinthecanyon New Egg

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    They are the cutest things ever. I couldn't believe it when I went down this morning to feed the flock and there Momma Hen is with her 15 (!!!) little ones, trying to attack my black lab for getting too close to them. Pics are a great idea -- I'll go try to do that while there is still light.
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    And yes, corral 'em and give her secure space, food and water!
     
  7. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But most importantly, take some pictures for us!!!
     
  8. KatieV

    KatieV Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! That's exciting - I can't wait to see pics! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Wegs813

    Wegs813 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my!! Congratulations!! And I would love to see pictures!
     
  10. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    As night falls you should follow her and see where she's taking her young. Once the darkness is complete snatch them young'uns and be ready to fend off the hen. She sounds like a superb mother!
     

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