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How long do baby chicks need their mother for warmth?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChicksR4Me, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. ChicksR4Me

    ChicksR4Me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2008
    North East Indiana
    The babies are now 7 weeks old. They had been sleeping on the floor in deep straw I put in for them but now mama hen wants to sleep on the roost and they are still trying to get under her. They look pretty feathered out to me but mama hen is very patient with them and lets them crowd all around her. When will they start roosting next to her rather than under and on top of her?
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    That age? I'd say they're just fine on their own now. . .

    That's a lot of big babies to take care of though! [​IMG]
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    As soon as they are fully feathered, they don't need the extra warmth, but do prefer it. As soon as mom starts roosting again, they'll join her.
  4. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    Love the expression on the standing chick, hes' saying: "who you looking at" [​IMG] Man thats a patient mamma.
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Oh my gosh, that poor mamma hen! I thought the 3-month old peachick that still tries to huddle under his "mamma" EE hen was silly, but that picture is priceless.
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Oh heavens.

    Who is keeping who warm? The chick sitting on top must be squashing her!
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010

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