Unexpected baby chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rhodey101, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Rhodey101

    Rhodey101 New Egg

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    Help I just got home to find one of my bantams has 9 baby chicks and 5 more eggs!
    What do I do?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Stay calm and let mama do her job. If she abandons the unhatched eggs, you would have to put them in a incubator. Put out water in a shallow container with some clean pebbles or marbles - to prevent baby chicks from drowning. Have chick feed available - momma will show them where & now to eat & drink.

    PS Congratulations
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. Rhodey101

    Rhodey101 New Egg

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    OKay that's what I thought. I'v been wanting more chickens because I lost three a few weeks ago but I did not want 3x as much. Thanks!
     
  5. Rhodey101

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    Thanks I hear that you guys are a great help.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Broody hens don't do things by half, do they? She replaced your lost birds (sorry to hear about that!) with some spare! Congrats on the hatch and as DD suggested above, relax and enjoy them. A good broody mom will need nothing from you but feed (starter for the little ones, mom can eat it too), water in a shallow dish to recent drownings and shelter for her and the little ones. If you're interested, here is a wonderful long thread on broody hen hatches with lots of great info:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...en-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread/0_30
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Rhodey, and :welcome. Happy you joined us. I wish you much hatching success! :jumpy
     
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to BYC!!!!!! Congratulations! Do what Drumstick Diva suggested, and there are threads on here where you can sell chickens if you want to get rid of eggcess chickens!
     
  9. Rhodey101

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    Would anyone happen to know what breed they are? Their father is a Barred Columbias rock and their mother is a small black and gold bantam.
     
  10. Rhodey101

    Rhodey101 New Egg

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    or their father is a male arucana.
     
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