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Yay my first chick hatched!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pit Bull Farm, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    So I had a clutch if guinea eggs I wanted to hatch but when I candled them they had nothing in them. Well the chickens that were sitting on the eggs had laid a few of their own in the nest and when I candled them I saw babies! Long story short this morning I go out to feed the chicken and there is momma with one little baby. The other hen is still sitting on the rest of the eggs and I might get one or two more baby chicks. I have always raised chicks that I got from the feed store and never let a hen raise them. I put them in a smaller coop away from the other chickens but now I don't know what to do next. Do I need to get starter for the chick or will the hen feed the baby? I know it's a newbie question but like I said I have never had a hen raise a chick. Thanks; I will post pictures later today.
     
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Ummmm. I dont mean to sound like a smart alec, but if you dont provide chick feed what will the hen feed the chicks?

    Taking them through the McDonalds drive-thru probably isnt an option for her... [​IMG]
     
  3. Chickens are not like us. Human Mothers can provide natural food for our babies through breast milk. Chickens, sad to know, don't have that. You need a starter feed.
     
  4. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    So maybe my question didn't sound right.... I have lay feed in there now for the Hen but I didn't know if they Hen feeds the baby like regular bird by regurgitation. I have starter so I will make sure there is plenty for them.
     
  5. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Perfect!

    I never thought about regurgitation. I just had a visual of nursing chicks... Thank you for the giggle [​IMG]

    Good luck with your peep!
     
  6. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    LMAO ok I am not that much of a newbie! [​IMG] I never tried to milk the chicken! lol
     
  7. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Here he or she is!
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    Here it is all hatched! [​IMG]
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  8. DuckFanatic

    DuckFanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwwwwwwwww! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    That is one of the CUTEST chicks i have ever seen!!!!
     
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the cutest little itty bitty. I hope it doesn't squeeze through the fence somewhere.

    It looks SO SMALL. Good luck with the rest of them.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    So adorable. What breed is the mommy? She's very pretty, love her coloring.
     

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