Anyone with broody experience? How long do I keep them with her?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mama2B&D&...Chickens, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 "big" hens and 1 roo...then momma and her 5 babies (3 days old)...my question is ? i have no idea what I'm doing!? [​IMG] So, I have her in the coop closed up part and the others in the run and let her out for a little here and there with them...i feel bad for her though and know she'll get tired of this right? it's probably a good 6X8 place though? IDK! Help!
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I let my broodies go free with their coop-mates if it appears they can stand up to the others. I leave the babies with the mommas until the mommas reject them, which is usually at about 8 weeks, or 2 weeks after she begins to roost with them.

    If they can't defend the chicks, sometimes this will result in dead chicks, so don't jump to it without careful observation and a keen ear for trouble.
     
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually the momma hen will decide for you. I had one that stayed 6 weeks and one that lasted only three. If they quit clucking and lay an egg you will know it is time. They will run from or peck at the chicks more than usual too. If you could give her more running around room for her and the chicks it will work better too. The chicks will really grow fast. [​IMG] Gloria Jean
     

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