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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickchick, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. chickchick

    chickchick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    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):
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008
  2. wren

    wren Songster

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    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 chicks cant get a good grip on newspaper. It may cause spraddle legs.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008
  3. chickchick

    chickchick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2007
    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...
  4. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    No cedar chips, they are toxic to chickens! Use pine shavings or straw.
    Congratulations on the chicks!
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    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 [​IMG]

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