What should I do??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by snchez22, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. snchez22

    snchez22 New Egg

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    Is it normal for a chicken to lay on her baby after it hatches? Or should I try and take the newly hatched baby out from under her and take it away?
     
  2. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is normal, she will lay/sleep on them to keep them warm. She will lay on them to help them dry after hatching. As long as she gets up in couple days and teaches them where the food and water is they will be fine :)
     
  3. windtryst

    windtryst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't really "lay" on them, she hovers...there is plenty of room under there.
     
  4. afoshawk119

    afoshawk119 New Egg

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    Any idea on how I can black bear proof my coop, short of moving the girls into the house? I have been through racoons, hawks and now bear. When I have to deal with snacks I will freak!!! And since I live in Florida I know the time will come. I love my hens :( it is so disappointing when I feel I can't protect them.
     
  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Move? Yikes! Sorry, kidding. A well trained dog would help.
     
  6. afoshawk119

    afoshawk119 New Egg

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    Florida Fish and Wildlife representative said don't let the dog go near them, if we like the dog, one swat from a bear and the dog can be seriously injured.
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Maybe some dog urine then?
     
  8. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    When it comes to bears hot wire is your best bet. A few strands on metal T post's around your coop/run.
     
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Leave the chick(s) with momma. She knows how to take care of them. They spend a lot of time under her the first week or so, but come out to eat and drink. Make sure they can reach the feed and water. They start going out more and more and in a few weeks just go under momma to sleep.
     

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