Bored, tired, and done!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jewels1935, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Jewels1935

    Jewels1935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mama Silkie is laying again, and since her first egg, she has nothing to do with her brood anymore. The chicks will be 4 weeks Sunday. When she's outside with them, she ignores their peeps, and runs away from them! [​IMG] I guess in human yrs, they're 18? [​IMG]
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, that's so sad. My Mama Hen stayed with her brood until they were 15 weeks old. By then they barely noticed that she had left them and they are so much a part of the flock - albeit junior members - that it doesn't seem to really matter.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She may be bored and tired, but she's not done. Give her about 2 or 3 weeks and she will start the broody process all over again. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jewels1935

    Jewels1935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, but she's happy, and the babies are so big they don't fit under her small body anymore [​IMG] They pounce her, and peck her a lot. She's not mean to them, she will still show them food, but she likes to sleep with the other hens at night. I just bring the babies in.
     
  5. Jewels1935

    Jewels1935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know right! She lays an egg a day, but I collect every day. She was an awesome mother, and would def. allow a spring hatch.
     
  6. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an Ameraucana mix who raises at least one brood a year, and she always mothers her chicks until they are almost as big as she is, much longer than 4 weeks. I guess different hens have different mothering instincts.
     
  7. sager:)silkies

    sager:)silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:my silkie moma is still with her chicks and they are 7 weeks old
     
  8. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh! I can't believe your little ones are going to be 4 weeks old! I bet they're huge! Haha

    Any pictures of the little ones?

    I hope mine will lay and go broody as much as everyone say silkies do.

    Praying I have a few hens! [​IMG]
     

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