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How long do hens stay with their babies? Will they mate?

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Hi
I have a mama hen with two babies. She just about pokes my eyes out everytime I get near the chicks. Just wondering how long the chicks stay with the mother. Plus if she has a little roo and I keep him , will he know that it's his mother and not mate with her or will I have to separate them?    Thanks

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frow Hi, I'm watching a new motheer hen for the first time too, it will be great to see one of these wise forum members let us both know. I'm guessing mom will be hyper protective for the first few weeks. Once the peeps grow stronger, I  assume mom will let them do some fending for themselves. ~ even momma hens gotta let go some day!D

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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post #3 of 10

Momma will gradually loose interest in being over protective.

Yes, eventually the little roo would mate with Momma. Chickens don't have the moral ethics that we have. Well, I wonder if a human mother and son where caged together for the course of their lives with no other interactions with other humans if the thought wouldn't cross their minds. We won't go there. Any way, chickens don't understand the genetic ramifications of interbreeding.

Currently chicken and critter free. Not happy about it, but sometimes life deals those cards. I'm thinking - temporary.

 

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Currently chicken and critter free. Not happy about it, but sometimes life deals those cards. I'm thinking - temporary.

 

I'm an aquarium nut (freshwater). I used to have a fishroom but am limited to a 10 gallon aquarium for now. Well, I'm cheating a little with other "non-aquarium" containers with water. Live plants are the way to go! It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. If you're...

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post #4 of 10

Actually, chicks are mated to parents all the time (on purpose).  It's called line breeding.  Sounds icky to humans, doesn't it!

My mama hens stay with their chicks til the babies are a month old or so.  Then the chicks start wandering out on their own, and mama kind of gets back to life as normal.  It's another month or so after that before she'll start laying again.

Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
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Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
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bow Thank you josanne! you have answered 2 questions that have been keeping me sleepless.love

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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post #6 of 10

I was wondering about this too......I'm pretty sure that my silkie rooster and 2 hens that I got last year were related, possibly brother and sisters.
Now they have 2 chicks a little roo & a little hen (I'm almost sure it's one of each!) and I will be putting them all in together at some point. (The broody hen & chicks have the coop all to themselves. The rooster and the other hen are being kept in a different pen within hearing distance of the 'cock-a-doodle-doos' but not in sight. The silkies don't seem to mind being put in different places for a while, unlike my Polish Crested who hated being moved!)
When do you think I should put them all in together? Should I introduce them gradually to the chicks by having a small pen inside the run maybe?idunno
It does seem a bit incesty that dad could then have chicks with his offspring at some point in the future but if you say it is not an issue in the chicken world then I guess it's best not to dwell on it.hu

Oh yes, how do you think 3 hens, 1 rooster and one young roo will all get on together?idunno
I really can't imagine giving away or swapping one of my first little 'babies'!!!!!love

(12 in total) 1 Polish Crested Rooster - Black & White, 4 White Silkie Hens & 3 White Silkie Roosters, 2 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Cockerels. 1 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Chicks & 1 White Silkie Chick. Sad loss of 6 chicks to predator.
1 German Shepherd, 1 Heinz 57 rescue dog, 1 tabby & 2 half siamese cats.
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(12 in total) 1 Polish Crested Rooster - Black & White, 4 White Silkie Hens & 3 White Silkie Roosters, 2 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Cockerels. 1 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Chicks & 1 White Silkie Chick. Sad loss of 6 chicks to predator.
1 German Shepherd, 1 Heinz 57 rescue dog, 1 tabby & 2 half siamese cats.
Privileged to have wild bids nesting - house martins, swallows & sparrows.
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post #7 of 10

Oh yes, they'll mate all the time. Even with their sisters and brothers. I've had every combo available from son + mum and father + daughter to brother + sister. This has caused many problems for the chicks that they make though, I've had 2 chicks from one clutch with deformed feet. sad So make sure when you hatch eggs you pick ones that are less likely to be inbreed.

post #8 of 10

If there is a tendency to have problems or deformities, like the above poster, they will be increased by inbreeding because related birds will be likely to have a lot of the same genes, so the problems will come out more frequently.  So you'd want to bring in non-related birds occasionally.

ALLcoopedUP, you'll just have to watch and see how the two roos do with two hens.  It might be more breeding than the hens' feathers can take, and it might be that the two roos will fight.  Or it might all be okay.  I'd be prepared to at least separate the roosters if need be.  As far as introducing older birds and younger birds, that's how I do it.  A small wire pen inside my coop for a while to get used to each other, and then supervised together time at first.  Works for me!

Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
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Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
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post #9 of 10

I don't know if you're still following this thread but all my hens and roosters seem to get along just fine. They have an established pecking order with the big Polish Crested Rooster protecting his 4 white silkie girls from the 3 white silkie roosters and they all look up to him so there is no fighting. I guess I'm lucky as the ratio of hens to roos is not good - it's just they way they came out of the egg! hu


Edited by ALLcoopedUP - 5/28/11 at 6:21pm
(12 in total) 1 Polish Crested Rooster - Black & White, 4 White Silkie Hens & 3 White Silkie Roosters, 2 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Cockerels. 1 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Chicks & 1 White Silkie Chick. Sad loss of 6 chicks to predator.
1 German Shepherd, 1 Heinz 57 rescue dog, 1 tabby & 2 half siamese cats.
Privileged to have wild bids nesting - house martins, swallows & sparrows.
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(12 in total) 1 Polish Crested Rooster - Black & White, 4 White Silkie Hens & 3 White Silkie Roosters, 2 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Cockerels. 1 Black Silkie/Polish Crested Chicks & 1 White Silkie Chick. Sad loss of 6 chicks to predator.
1 German Shepherd, 1 Heinz 57 rescue dog, 1 tabby & 2 half siamese cats.
Privileged to have wild bids nesting - house martins, swallows & sparrows.
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post #10 of 10

when they are fully feathered they can be without mom but prefer to be with mom and im pretty sure they do mate with eachother

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