..we have a new member in the chicken family. We had been hearing chirping the last couple of days..so we went under the hen to check and it’s a new chick…the problem was that once we got her off the nest she and the chick had no interest in going back. At this point we decided to separate the chick from the hen in the hopes of her going back on the eggs. Momma freaked out. She was as mad as hell and she didn’t care who knew about it. Once we got the chick out we quickly created a comfortable box with shavings, water and chick feed in it. For heat we use a 7 watt cfl light..it is not super warm but the chick nestles up close and stops chirping and starts sleeping. The chick seems active and comfortable so far..we are going to wait until Wednesday to see if more chicks are born then put her back either way…we cannot use a big high powered light bulb due to limited offgrid power…but with the temperature in the chick area at a comfortable level everything seems fine.
With any luck the rest will be born today and we can put them all back with mom. With no luck all of the rest of the eggs don’t hatch..