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Taking care of Chicks hatched in cold weather

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jarby2012, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. jarby2012

    jarby2012 Just Hatched

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    Hi all

    I have a broody hen that just hatched some chicks and it is November in Nebraska. The hen is a good mother but I'm concerned about them getting cold. Should I take them from her or leave them? She is in a little brooding hut but still worried about the cold. I started a heat lamp but worried the hen week get too warm?

    Any advice would be appreciated
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    Hi!!!

    and welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    I would leave them with her, so long as she is doing a good job mothering they will be fine, just check on them every once in awhile
    chickens have been doing this a lot longer than we have

    I have a broody that just hatched 2 and our night are (not as cold as yours) around 27*
    i just make sure they have good bedding and clean/fresh food and water

    Good Luck!!!
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Sounds like @DwayneNLiz has given you some good information so I'll just say hello and congrats on the new chicks!
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! You have some great advice and I'm sure your hen will do a great job. There are some fab articles on broody hens in the learning Center that I'm sure you will find helpful ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    Good luck with them all and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
     
  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us! @DwayneNLiz gave you some great advice, so I'll just day thanks for joining and best wishes!
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, jarby2012, and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! Best wishes to you and your brood! :)
     
  8. jarby2012

    jarby2012 Just Hatched

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    Thank you all. She seems to be doing great so will keep a close eye on her. So excited to be a part of this knowledgeable group
     
  9. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    Great!! We are very glad to have you [​IMG]

    Let us know if you have any other questions, there is a TON of great information and informative helpful people!!
     
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  10. 18acres

    18acres Just Hatched

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    I think the mamma will do a better job than anything else, but if you worry you can always put a heat lamp in and see if they use it. Chances they won't.
     

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