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How long do they try to snuggle under Mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Amethyste, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Reason I was asking is that the girls are 8 weeks old now and growing fast! They are HUGE! Three nights ago I locked them up late, so I got to see them all roosting [​IMG]

    Poor Momma Esther tho... she was sitting there on her roost, with her wings spread wide, snuggling <well trying to [​IMG]> 5 1/2 grown chicks, and the 2 buffs were ON HER BACK like they were itty bitty babies lol [​IMG] Her wings were extended almost full length trying to cuddle her overgrown babies [​IMG]

    I felt so sorry for her...it cant have been comfy lol But I have been in there checking late at night since then and every night the same... I'll have to try to get a pic of them all.

    Shouldnt she be starting to wean them or something? LOL Or will I have grown up laying chickies one day that will still think they are a day old?[​IMG]

    Never had to deal with chicks raised by mum before so this is all new to me!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    hmmm ok guess nobody is on that knows....oh well [​IMG]

    Hopefully in a bit somone will ![​IMG]
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I don't know, but sounds cute. Better to have a good mommy than a bad one.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Ah yes... well, soon she'll start giving them a good hard peck on the head and they'll learn to not try anything. It was hilarious to see our smallish Australorp, Olympia, being covered in chicks each easily 2/3 of her size. She weaned them quickly though, now they avoid her like the plague. [​IMG]
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL she'll work it out.
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I really want to see that pic! [​IMG]

    I think when the mama gets tired of it, she'll let them know. My friend has a bantam hen who hatched 3 rir eggs. She continued to try to sit on the chicks a long time. Kind of cute.

    Here's a pic, for cute viewing.

    The rooster and the mama bantam with her 3 rir chicks who are following her around but the same size as her.

    http://beautifulchickens.blogspot.com/search/label/James Juliet and RIR

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