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Broody Mama with 1 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ellie, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    This is the broody that sat for 31 days on eggs that did not hatch. I put two chicks under her overnight and it "took".

    This is her first time outside the pen with them after one week.





    She seems so big and they so little.

    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  2. Freebie

    Freebie Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    adorable, I have a buff with three chicks right now. Only 3 hatched out of 14. I was very sad, but she is very happy with her 3 little ones.
  3. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    You are right, at least we got some little chickies! I got mine from the only feed store that had little ones and it closed it's doors that very day. Lucky for sure. I would have hated for that girl to set on those eggs that long!

    Glad you got your chickies too.

  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Ellie - is momma and chicks in an area by themselves or are they with other adult chickens?

    I'm wondering when I should let my momma and her only chick out with the others?
  5. SullyCarter

    SullyCarter In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Pacific Palisades, CA
    Oooo, beautiful photos!
  6. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thanks, Sully. They sure move fast.... got lots of blurry pics, LOL.

    Mom and babies are separate in a dog house and dog kennel (I don't even have a dog LOL). I let them out yesterday for a couple of hours while penning my free rangers. The big girls sulk a little, but don' t mind.

    I just did this with four babies under my broody Lacy. I did it the same way, then let them free range all together under my supervision for an hour before bed time. Lacy and babies went to the dog house and the other girls to the coop. Then, gradually a little longer together so they would get used to each other. Then, Lacy decided to go back to the big girl coop at 4 weeks. The babies went back to the dog house. I scooped them up and took them to the coop and only had to do that for two nights. Then they all went in together.

    Hope that helps,
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  7. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beautiful, Ellie!

    What breed is mama?
    And the chicks?

    Thanks for sharing your stories and pics.
    I just did the same thing, as you know --
    and I've now posted pics too!

  8. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Great! I am glad you posted pics...will go look.

    Mom is a buff orpington and babies are plymouth barred rocks. I am praying that they are not bantams.... they seem so small.


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