We're hatching! What do I do!?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Prismis, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Prismis

    Prismis Hatching

    Nov 17, 2012
    We have about 40 birds and we have 3 possibly fertilized eggs (started as 6, but 1 disappeared, 1 was abandoned, 1 was collected by accident :( we never meant to have chicks but we didnt collect for about a week so we figured why not?) ....that a broody hen has been sitting on.

    Egg #1 has a beak poking out and pipping.

    What do we do? I don't want them to hatch in the coop with all the other birds so they don't get hurt/eaten. I don't have a space set up where I can bring the hen with the eggs.

    We've gotten day old chicks before and kept them in a box with a lamp over it. Is this enough for the chicks that are hatching right now?

    What do you recommend!? Thanks!

  2. Get something like a rubbermaid container, or a medium dog cage, etc. And fill it with hay or wood shavings. Add waterer and feeder, then CAREFULLY move the mom and chicks in there, however I recommend to do so once the chicks have finished hatching, however if its an emergency move the mom, then set each egg under her very carefully.

    They shouldn't need a heat lamp, but watch out if the mom is a bad mom (pecking chicks, leaving them cold, etc.)
  3. Chefswifey

    Chefswifey In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2012
    Spokane, WA
    Wait until night!! mom will protect the babies!! she will abandon them if you move them during the day... also, you want her to raise the chicks if you can because you wont need to use a heat lamp and it'll help her overcome her broodiness... if you take the chicks away from her she could decided to sit on eggs and remain broody....you want them all on ground level with access to food and water plus an area for mom to go poo away from the nest(it's a huge pile)... make sure the area is draft free and as close to room temp as possible... good luck!
  5. Prismis

    Prismis Hatching

    Nov 17, 2012
    I don't have anything here right now to bring the hen with the eggs. I need to know what to do with the eggs. Thank you for your suggestion, if I did I wouldn't have this problem :) lol
  6. The eggs, or hatching chicks?
  7. Prismis

    Prismis Hatching

    Nov 17, 2012

    Same thing since they were hatching? Anyway 2 of 3 have hatched. My shoebox with a light seems to be fine. Thanks!

  8. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yeah, when I hatched my turkeys under two bantams (yes, it was silly looking, but they were the only broodies at the time), all I did was wait for them to finish, then steal the chicks when they finished fluffing. They don't really run around till then anyway, which is when they'd be in danger of getting pecked. One of the bantams, bless her heart, was a good mother, but she was just too small to fit them all. She really really tried to cover them all though, I've never seen such a flat chicken.

    What you're doing is fine, just take them out as they hatch, and keep heat on them. You'll need a bigger box soon though!

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