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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MiddleChild, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. MiddleChild

    MiddleChild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen sitting on 11 eggs (fertile, but not hers). They are supposed to hatch Sunday or Monday. My question is - what happens afterward?

    1. How long does mom care intensively for her babies?

    2. Does mom defend her babies from the other adult hens?

    3. When can babies be on their own?

    4. When does mom go back to regular laying (no roosters on site)?

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  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Ditto what Pop said.
     
  4. MiddleChild

    MiddleChild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I kinda sorta thought this all might be the case but I'm new at this.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts.
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I entirely agree with the other posts, but currently have a hen who hasn't read this page. She has 8 week old chicks (outside with mum and free ranging in the day with 30 other assorted chickens inc. 5 roosters). She is egg laying and being an excellent mum at the same time, but I would expect this to change any day now.
     
  7. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:LOL, I`ve had a few like that over the years. Sometimes it goes as far as the chicks losing interrest and leaving mom. Rare, though.......Pop
     

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