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does a hen change when she becomes a mother?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by missychicky, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    I have heard that after a hen becomes a mother they turn mean and won't let you near the chicks. I'm not sure if this is true...

    I love all my chickens and I currently have a broody setting and she is a real sweety. Once the eggs hatch will she not love me anymore? All my chickens are tottaly tame and I care for them deeply. I don't want my broody to turn on me!
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2010
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    If she isn't acting too nasty right now, she probably won't become too nasty. They don't tend to suddenly change after the chicks hatch. [​IMG]
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    They are all different, just like people.

    Here are some examples. (I have a lot of broody hens!)

    Blondie is normally a very cuddly hen. She isn't peckish at all when she's sitting on eggs. I always know when the eggs have started to hatch, because she bites me when I put my hand in the nest. Not hard, just letting me know. She still runs to collect treats when she has babies, but she won't allow them to be touched. She's mildly scary at that point! (She goes right back to normal when she weans the babies.)

    Tough Cookie is normally an evil, dominant old biddy. When she has babies, she is the biggest begger ever! She teaches her babies to come to people for treats, and doesn't seem too concerned if I grab one to hold.

    Sugar is normally a sweet but standoffish hen. When she has babies, she continues to be sweet but standoffish. Not much of a change.

    See what I mean? They're all different. [​IMG]
  4. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    My mama hen doesn't seem to have changed much. She lets me hold the babies and tells them to eat out of my hands. She put on a big show for the other birds when I moved them into neighboring pens and she attacked a duck for getting too close to the babies but other than that she hasn't changed.
  5. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    My hen has week old chicks, and she's fine with me. She's not taking time to sit on my lap right now, but is still taking treats from me, and lets me handle the babies. half of the other hens she fights off, and the other half she allows near the babies too. She's not too keen on the dog getting near them however.

    I think the other girls were jealous, as I now have 3 new broodies since her eggs hatched. JUST what I needed... Of course, I gave them all eggs...
  6. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    My broody Opal was great while she was sitting on eggs but once her babies started getting more active she was a terror. I had to put on long pants and boots just to open her coop door in the morning or to give them fresh food and water. It was a full attack on my ankles and feet every time. Now that the babies are about 5 weeks old she's calmed back down and just seems to want lots of treats. She deserves them - she's a good momma.
  7. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    Aug 17, 2009
    The 2 hens that I have are awesome moms. They tend there little flock of 10 together and won't let anyone near them. I have to have very thick gloves when I try to feed them in the hutch. If they are outside, when I walk into the pen I had better keep my distance or 1 of them is going to get me for sure. Once the babes are weaned they go right back to normal.[​IMG]

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