How long do we leave the mama?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OkapisRule, May 14, 2008.

  1. OkapisRule

    OkapisRule Songster

    Oct 24, 2007
    Northern georgia
    2 and a half weeks ago, our mama hen hatched babies. We've had them in a cage since them, letting them out during the day, and putting them back in at night. When do we stop this and what do we do when we stop it?
  2. Sahara

    Sahara Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Keystone Heights, FL
    I leave the babies with the hen until she decides it is time. My last go around it was like a switch was turned off and from one day to the other she would have nothing to do with them.
  3. I agree with Sahara. My broody took 5 weeks before she was ready to leave her peeps. One day she just poked them and asked to be put back with the "big girls". Just walked right over to the main coop run and asked to be let in and never looked back. I've chosen to keep the young ones separate until they are point of lay (around 17-18 weeks). I did try once before of placing younger girls (11-12wks) in with the main laying flock but they really had a hard time & didn't do as well as I'd hoped. I'm also feeding the younger girl a higher protien mash until they are POL so it makes sense to keep them separate if you have the room to do so.
    Good luck on your chickies!
  4. catfish

    catfish Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greenbrier, Arkansas
    6 weeks Mothers leave the chicks mother starts laying eggs again

    From chicken timeline
  5. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Songster

    May 12, 2008
    I agree

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