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Hatching Eggs: Our Newest Addition to the Coop

A photo of Staci Ducharme and her husbandOur newest addition is here!

Baby Renee (or Rene) arrived this week and the coop is in quite a stir!

Proud and protective Mama Claire is upset by her sudden move to the house.

New baby chick

We didn’t expect the eggs to actually hatch (actually, we didn’t believe that Clyde has been successful at doing his “job” with how clumsy he is), so we weren’t prepared for a baby chick in winter.

We moved Mama, Baby, and 1 un-hatched egg into the house (my craft room/multi-purpose room) in a dog crate. All seem to be doing well.

Baby chick Renee

I am choosing to live in denial and state that the baby chick is a girl (Renee). Jay, on the other hand, insists on bursting my bubble with his “living in the real world” sense of reality and reminds me that it could be a boy (Rene). Actually, his words were “I think it’s a boy.” The chick is 24 hours old and impossible to sex by 2 rookie chicken farmers, so I’ll continue with my denial and call “her” Renee. Anyone had any experience with re-introducing a Mama and new Baby to the coop? I’d love some advice.

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3/10/2010 9:01:02 PM

Thanks for the advice! Mama and babies are now back in the "big girl" coop and doing very well. The other hens are very curious and love to watch the babies. Clyde is simply confused and amused. This is probably the first and last that we'll allow mama's to hatch their own. If they both end up being roosters, we're in trouble!!

sheryl renfrow
3/9/2010 8:01:31 PM

I just love baby chicks, but have had little success in raising them. We were able to hatch 2 babies a couple of years ago. When the mama went "broody" we put her and the eggs she was on in our brooder house (we usually just buy chicks) and she hatched them there. We left water, feed and a light on-out of 10 eggs only 2 hatched. We have a "run" outside the brooder house and when the chicks were up, feathered, and looking antsy in their small enclosure, we moved the mama and her babies in with the hens, but AT NIGHT. In the morning, the other chickens didn't seem to notice and believe me, the mama will take care of her own if someone comes nosing around. Good luck. We also raised 19 baby guineas in the same coop last summer after the mama came in with them one day.

rodeo princess
3/9/2010 3:03:07 PM

Hey! Congratulations!!! Love baby chicks! We aren't experts, but we've had chickens for two decades here and basically, we let the Mama raise the chick, and we leave her in the coop, even in winter. However, if you feel you have to separate and then re-introduce, we do it when the chick has lost it's fluff and is feathered. And then, we just put them back on the lawn. We feel - and I am probably going to ruffle feathers here - but the less you interfere with the integrity of the flock, which is essentially an entity that is interested in increasing and protecting it's own, the better. Our roosters are pretty integral in raising the babies, as are the other hens. Occasionally we lose a chick to stomping or bullying, but it's not usually a healthy chick and we are not interested in having unhealthy chicks grow up.