Babies think they have babies??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjscott0810, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. cjscott0810

    cjscott0810 New Egg

    Mar 10, 2013
    Hi there,

    So my husband and I had a small flock (4 hens, 2RIRs and 2 Ameraucanas) a couple years ago. I just loved my girls, but had to move out of town and rehome them. Now, a few years later we are back to building our chicken family.

    We bought 2 RIRs and 2 Brahma babies around 3/11, and then bought 2 Ameraucanas about a week later. This past Friday we went and picked up 2 Silkie babies. Our RIRs and the Brahmas were significantly larger than the Ameraucanas and therefore I figured way to big to be in the same brooder with the new tiny babies (My Husband and I keep wondering if they actually gave us Bantams because they are so tiny). We kept the bigger 4 together and made a separate brooder for the Ameraucanas and the Silkies.

    At first the Ameraucans seemed to almost ignore the silkies or at least weren't particularly bothered by them. Then I noticed one of them (her name is Martina) seemed to take to the Silkies quite well. Now, a few days later, both Martina and Shania and really taken to the Silkie babies. They Silkies run around them, they snuggle up to them when they sleep and Martina and Shania seem to be quite protective of them! They eyeball me when I come by their box, if I sit there too long they come over to me and give me the side eye, sometimes they jump towards me, and they act very strange if I pick up a Silkie. If I take a chick out of sight they walk around stretched up tall trying to look out of the box.

    Is this normal?!?! It's like they are babies that think they have babies??

    It's very cute, but seems very weird.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I don't recall reading about such behaviour, but there you go. Who cares whether its normal or not - its cute! [​IMG]

  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    Hey I had a 4-6 month pullet (not laying) raising 2 7 week pullets. I don't think it's crazy. They are flock animals after all

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