Fighting mummas

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Maisiepup, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Maisiepup

    Maisiepup In the Brooder

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    I have one mumma barnvelder with her 6 week old chicks and a new mumma barnvelder with her week old chicks. All our hens free range but they fight all the time. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Unfortunately that happens. They generally work it out after a bit. I generally let them fight it out while I supervise. If it gets to be too much I put one momma in a pen.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    :welcome Monitor and if necessary separate - sometimes the chicks inadvertently get hurt.
     
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  4. Maisiepup

    Maisiepup In the Brooder

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    That's what I did.. put the new mumma back in the broody coop.. will try them again tomorrow when I finish work. Good excuse to sit with a cuppa and chick watch
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    What can be done is to provide cover patches, each with its own little feeding station. I also make so roosting areas are at least 10 feet apart. I often make so there is a feeding station per broody hen. Knowledge of acreage is also helpful. I am running two broody hens on about 2 acres currently. I make so feeding areas are at least 100 feet apart. During most of the day they are more than 100 feet apart while foraging except when I appear with feed bucket.
     
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