At what age is it safe to start to let the babies wander around a bit on the floor??
That is actually part of why I was asking. I just had a hen lay an egg in the same nest with her first baby. Though he looks cute sitting on it I figured it wasn't a good thing.I started doing this because I had hens that would lay their second round in the same bowl with the babies in it. They would do this even though they had an empty bowl for the second round. I lost some eggs because of this so I decided to move the youngsters to the floor. Works out great! I haven't had any instances of fighting or scalping of the babies either.
Just the way I am doing things. Not saying it is right, just right for me.
I don't know how big your boxes are. Once in a while, I'll have a hen lay in the bowl where the babies are and I just put the babies in the new bowl and leave Mom alone. Of course, the box has to be big enough to hold two bowls. There's a chance that the egg will get broken if left in the same bowl with the baby. They aren't quite as careful as Dad and Mom are. LOLThanks Renee, I believe it was one of your posts that I was remembering. Unfortunately since this is my first year with these birds I don't know who will be good with the babies and who won't. Though I do know I have a couple of tough little babies. One actually scared a full grown cock out of his nest box yesterday LOL!
Should I do anything about the baby in the picture with the mom laying her second round in the same spot while he still lives there.
Also wondering how did he come out that color his mom is pure white and his dad is a light blue check?
LOL.........that's what happened to me too.............I fostered the second set of eggs. I wasn't going to let them raise another round in the floor.Well that's a problem, this is my floor baby and he is only 16 days old . I tried to stop them from building there but they are industrious little buggers, they had the nest built and an egg in it overnight!! I put a milk crate over the top of them to keep it safe. Didn't think they would like it there so much they would try to have their second round in the same exact spot!
I don't WANT to put them on the floor the problem is I have individual nest boxes stacked from floor to ceiling and the ones in the bottom nest boxes are getting old enough to get out of their bowls and wander around on their own.I would never put a baby on the floor in my loft. Some of my cocks are not trustworthy. I wouldn't want them to get used to going to the floor too young, because then they would probably try to do it when I wasn't there. Don't want to come home to scalped babies. Why do you want to put them down there anyway? If you put a seed dish in the nestbox, they will learn from their parents eating from it. I wish I had a separate section, but right now I don't, so I wouldn't do it. You could also make a good sized cage,(or buy one), that you could put on the floor for them. That way they would be safe from the others. I know some people have birds that will feed every baby. That must be wonderful. Mine are not like that.