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At what age do mother hens leave there chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by c.wilson, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. c.wilson

    c.wilson Songster

    Jul 4, 2008
    Hi y'all. I was just wondering I have 8 chicks and 4 keets. They are all being raised by white silkies. 1 hen with 2 chicks, 2 hens with 4 chicks, and 1 hen with 4 keets. There are two that are about 11 weeks, and 4 that are 7 weeks. The keets are 6 weeks. I was wondering at what age do you all think all the "mommys" will leave there chicks.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Depends upon the mommy. Many chickens let their chicks go at 6 weeks so you have some attentive mommies.
  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    6-8 weeks is average. However, I have a Japanese Bantam Isabella who currently has 6 "babies" that are 3 1/2 months old. She has always kept her babies 3-4 months. [​IMG]
  4. Sahara

    Sahara Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Keystone Heights, FL
    Mine are now five weeks old and the mother leaves them frequently now. I'm assuming any day they will be on their own.

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