How long does a Broody stay with chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by growinupinfl, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    My chicks were hatched the first week of November, there were two broody's but one has alright chosen to rejoin the flock. This Cochin is a dedicated mother to her chicks. How old are chicks when most broody's loose interest. The chicks are starting to get to big for her..LOL
    [​IMG] Tell me your stories of dedicated Momma hens
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    I dont know if it depends on the breed my my silkie momma stayed with her babies till they were old enough to sort out the roos and pullets. we removed the roos and she stayed with the pullets for a few months. the babies just followed her everywhere.
  3. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    My broody stayed all of 2 weeks and then left the chick on her own. It really depends on the individual bird and / or breed.
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I've had several broodies. One stayed till I moved her out at 8 wks the other only 3 weeks. I think like personalities; each are different. The one I moved out early was laying and obviously irritated by her chicks. If they have plenty of room it helps and also if they can not see the other hens. Gloria Jean
  5. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    I had 2 hens brood eggs late this year. The first was a TSC sex link pullet and she seemed to lose interest after a few weeks. The other is a White Leghorn and never really seemed to care about the chicks.
  6. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    The normal (if there is such a thing with chickens) time a hen will stay with her chicks is 6-8 weeks; possibly longer in extremely cold weather. There are exceptions to this rule; for example, an Asil hen will often remain with her chicks for up to 6 months.

    You can generalize the answer per each breed. Games of any type tend to make the best mothers; IMO.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  7. Blondie

    Blondie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Momma might leave the nest, but the chicks will follow here around for weeks and weeks.
  8. Joey8765

    Joey8765 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    My columbian wyandotte bantam stayed with her chick for two and a half months and then was back to being broody on the nest.

    she hatched out 2 eggs out of 5 (two rotten, one died) she hatched them out on 10th of December.

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