Do you have to seperate the chicks from the rest of the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Codyandme1, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Codyandme1

    Codyandme1 Out Of The Brooder

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  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Did a broody hatch them out? I always remove my chicks because the adults may eat them. I have had a few eaten before [​IMG] Always best to remove mom with babies to a separate coop area. IMO
     
  3. Codyandme1

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    Is it possible for the hens to share the reponsibility of raising the chicks?![​IMG]
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Most often, only a broody mother will raise the chicks.

    I hatched some out at Easter that I've put with the older chickens out of necessity, and they are getting picked on a little bit... but they'll be 7 weeks old on Friday.
     
  5. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I left my chicks with mommies, in the coop with the others. One hen has 9 chicks, the other has four. One group is 3 weeks old, the other is 2 weeks - and all are doing fine. I think it depends on your individual groups of chickens. Mine free range during the day, so mom and chicks usually go off on their own. I keep expecting to see missing chicks due to predation or one running off, but so far so good.
     
  6. Justgotchicks12

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    theres no need for there mothers to raise them, i'd separate them.[​IMG]
     

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