My rescue chickens - Mamma and 3 babies
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Any buddy have an idea what type of chickens these are? I rescued them from a neighbor who inadvertently ended up with the mother who soon layed and hatched 3 chicks. They were in deplorable living conditions and I couldn't leave them there. Problem is Mamma doesn't get along with my 7 hens (see them below helping my husband). Mom and chicks roost in the trees at night (she originally staged a "coo" and took over the coop not letting my girls on their roosts. But somehow the power shifted and my girls are back where they belong at night and the 4 of them have taken to the trees. They are getting pretty social, coming running to me when I come out back (they've learned quickly I always have treats!).
It's been fun watching them grow, but I'd like to find them a separate home. Mom attacks my girls if they get a little close. Silly them, they forget she will when I'm giving them all oatmeal.
Also, can any one tell me how soon a mother starts laying eggs after hatching chicks? I have an acre backyard and am wondering if I need to start searching for eggs.
Another question...when will I know if any of the chicks are roosters? (I don't want roosters!)
The girls love helping my husband dig!