They hatched! Should I bring them inside or leave them under mama...

chickchick

In the Brooder
12 Years
Nov 13, 2007
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Horray! My hen is now a mama! Her 3 eggs began hatching out today, 2 are out completly and can't see what is going on with the third.

I am not sure if I should leave them in the coop tonight, all tucked under her, or if I should bring mama and the chicks in and put the heat lamp on in the brooder for them. It is about 50 degrees now, and raining. It might drop into the 40's tonight. I know I should trust mother nature, but it's soooo hard to sit back and not interfere.

So, do you all think I should bring them in?

Here's an image of where they are (from before the second came out of its shell):
 
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wren

Songster
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May 27, 2007
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Is the hen in a safe place out of drafts, wind or rain? Is she by herself? If she is I would leave her alone. She has made it this far.

make certain that the chicks can't fall out of the nest.

I just saw the pic...baby chicks cant get a good grip on newspaper. It may cause spraddle legs.
 
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chickchick

In the Brooder
12 Years
Nov 13, 2007
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Portland, Oregon
Thanks, how about using cedar chips and some straw over the newspaper?

And she is not alone in the coop, there are 6 other hens, maybe I should bring them in...
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
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Sep 14, 2008
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yeah cedar chips are a no-no with chickens. You could put just the straw. I think it would still slide pretty bad being on the newspaper. Pine shavings are best
 

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