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This might seem like a funny questions, and I know that large hatcheries send chicks out as day olds but is there a period of time that the chicks SHOULD be left with their mommas? I will be acquiring three chicks this summer and it suddenly dawned on me that I don't know the best age to take them from the farm?

 

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We put eggs under a broody cochin frizzle bantam.. She hatched them out and let them follow her for 5 weeks.  Now she pecks at them when they come near her and she runs with the other chickens.  At night they crawl into a nest under the heater and all sleep together.  She is now roosting on top with the rest of the chicken.  I was really worried until I just read this is normal... It seems so cruel to the babies..

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Originally Posted by mamawright View Post

This might seem like a funny questions, and I know that large hatcheries send chicks out as day olds but is there a period of time that the chicks SHOULD be left with their mommas? I will be acquiring three chicks this summer and it suddenly dawned on me that I don't know the best age to take them from the farm?

Cheers.

I have hatched my own chicks and ordered them. The younger you get them the better. They will be more friendly to you having them from little chicks. The chicks I hatch and let a mom raise vs the chicks I ordered and raised myself, they don't learn stuff any faster or slower either way. The big plus to letting a hen raise them is you don't have to deal with the fragile chick stage. Not sure if that answers your question or not >.< if you do get little new hatched chicks I would suggest life-lytes vitamin tablets for their water (keep a second plain water dish in so they have the option.) and some boiled / scrambled (unseasoned) eggs every few days at the start to give them a little extra boost. (Mash it very small and fine.) I have a hen that wouldn't be alive now if I hadn't been giving it too her. (Shipping was very hard on a few of my chicks)
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