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  1. cherrynberry

    When should I let Mama hen take her babies out of the pen.

    I see...my broody also stayed to herself until I gave out treats. She would hog the food for herself and her chicks. If I were you, I would let her out again, once the chicks are all around 1 week old. I would rather lock the rooster up than the broody and her chicks though :p
  2. cherrynberry

    When should I let Mama hen take her babies out of the pen.

    Does the mom protect the chicks? Does she peck or chase down anyone who comes near? You mentioned that she did fine with the other hens?
  3. cherrynberry

    When should I let Mama hen take her babies out of the pen.

    Unfortunatley, your rooster sounds immature or he may just be a bad rooster. My rooster is really gentle with the babies! If the mom is showing lack of response, which is more worrying than the rooster pecking them, I would keep them in the pen. My broody was super protective and she would...
  4. cherrynberry

    When should I let Mama hen take her babies out of the pen.

    Depends on the broody. Mine was at the top of the pecking order, so she took care of her chicks fine. My rooster never bothered chicks. I would let them out, but keep a close watch. The other hens and rooster should not be able to get to the chicks. Does Mama watch her chicks well? Hows your...
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