They are here !!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken_ladyGA, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. chicken_ladyGA

    chicken_ladyGA In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    My hen finally hatched the eggs . They are sooo adorable ... but what now I am wanting to build a brooder box any suggestions ? and will she lead them outside to feed and water or should i put in coop and her nest is pretty off the ground chicks couldn't get out or in alone ? so pls help
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
  2. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    I have no idea what to suggest as I have yet to have a broody hen and all my chicks thus far came in the mail. Hopefully, someone can help.

    How high off the floor is the bottom of the nest?
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Maybe find a temporary way to block them away from the rest? You may not have the room, but.... I am not that knowledgeable, but I know our chicks didn't do well with the rest of the flock.
  4. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM
    I would like to think that babies should be with the mother hen unless she was broody, but a crappy mom now that they're born. If you need to put them in a brooder, go for it, but I'd give mom a chance first.

    Thats just me and LOTS less trubble.[​IMG]
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd try to keep them in a corner of the coop where they won't get pooped on in a cage big enough to move around in and with water and feed. She'll protect them with the rest of the flock once they are three or four weeks old.

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