What to do w/ newly hatched chicks in nest box high off ground

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ACaliforniaChick, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. ACaliforniaChick

    ACaliforniaChick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I have 5 chicks hatching under a broody hen. At least one is fully hatched and fluffy. She chose her own nest in the coop and is alone in there - no other hens to pester her or chicks. But, it only just dawned on me that the chicks will never be able to get in and out of there. They could fall out and be killed. Can I move hen and chicks to the floor of the coop? Today is day 21, but one must have hatched overnite. How long should I wait before trying to relocate everyone to a safe level?
  2. 1shotcleaner

    1shotcleaner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    duke center pa 16729
    the chicks will be fine unless its over 10 foot. if you are worried put a pile of fluffed hay where they will fall too.they are bouncy at an early age. and mom will call them down out of the nest any way.

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