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New chicks

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:20 am
by hip chick
Can anyone advise on when mum should let all the chicks out from under her please. The chicks were born on friday, and this is her first time, but she just trys to peck them back under her if they try to venture out. She screams at me if I go too close to the crate, and I dont want to distress or panic her as she's obviously being very protective, but I dont want her being too rough with them either. Just wondering how long I leave it before interfering and showing them where food and water is, and is it normal that 2 days on they are still under her

Re: New chicks

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:43 pm
by MrsBiscuit
Its a difficult one and something I have not experienced with a broody, so if you get better advice, do follow it! Chicks will normally be fine for up to 48 hours (actually I have read its 3 days, but I was taught 24-48 hours) because they have absorbed the nutrients from the egg yolk, so I wouldn't worry unduly till 48 hours has passed. However, they do obviously need food and water. It is often said that broodies know best, but equally we also know that some broodies are just not cut out for it, although this often presents as aggression rather than neglect. And it is quite possible that the chicks have been fed/watered whilst you weren't looking, they eat so little at the start that you won't be able to tell from monitoring the feeder/drinker. Added to which, chicks do definitely need to be kept warm, so under Mum is the best place to be. I guess it is also possible that one or more eggs has not hatched so Mum might still be sitting tight for them.

All in all, I would not interfere yet, but continue to observe closely. It is more likely than not that everything is OK. I think many people would advise you to let well alone, but personally I believe good observation is the key to good stockpersonship and chicks are pretty helpless. So, if nothing has happened by the time 48 hours is up then I might try to guide the chicks to the food/water and dip their beaks in, so they know what the food and drink are. To do this you will probably have to remove Mum for a few minutes, but you need to make sure the chicks don't chill so act fast. I presume the food/drink is very close to Mum so she can get to it easily and show her brood what to do?

Re: New chicks

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:00 pm
by hip chick
Thank you, I am stressing her out by keep going in and out, so we,ve set up a camera inside the crate now, so we can observe from the house. I moved the food and water closer, and the chicks have gone to it themselves so the panic is over thankfully
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Re: New chicks

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:35 pm
by MrsBiscuit
Aww, lovely fluffies!

Re: New chicks

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:53 pm
by Tweetypie
Aww how adorable 😍 The white ones are like snowballs 😁