hen pecking her 9 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kbgriffiths, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. kbgriffiths

    kbgriffiths In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2010
    My silkie hen hatched her 3 babies that are now 9 weeks old. The last couple days she has been chasing them and pecking them in the tail feathers and not letting them get any treats from me (which she had been). Is this normal "mom" behavior at this stage? She has been a great mom but suddenly seems to be over it.
  2. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    Sounds to me that she may have decided she has had enough mothering and they need to on their own. I have a Wyandotte that decided she wanted to be single and fancy free when her babies were 4 wks. Now she acts as if they are something new and pecks at them. I have them in a seperate pen inside the run during the day and an area in a coop blocked off for at night. I have read that sometimes this happens with first timers.

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