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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Codyandme1, Jun 8, 2011.
Did a broody hatch them out? I always remove my chicks because the adults may eat them. I have had a few eaten before Always best to remove mom with babies to a separate coop area. IMO
Is it possible for the hens to share the reponsibility of raising the chicks?!
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.
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.
theres no need for there mothers to raise them, i'd separate them.