How long should Baby chicks be with the mama hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bigredrooster, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. bigredrooster

    bigredrooster In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2007
    N.E Ga.
    I recently bought a hen with 7 chicks 2 weeks ago.They are growing pretty good now .I was wonder how long they should be with her.
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    We bought a hen with chicks too; when they were maybe two weeks old. We kept them in a pen with her for another three or four weeks; ours are free range so we then let them out all together and she continued to protect them and teach them stuff; she weaned them herself when they were probably eight to ten weeks old or so; that's when they started going off by themselves, without her.
  3. bigredrooster

    bigredrooster In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2007
    N.E Ga.
    Thanks,I am building a new pen .Was going to get some Rhode Island Reds but thinking of putting the chicks in there.Guess I will have enough for now.I have 23 including the chicks,guess it is enough.
    Thinking after it warms up a bit putting them on there own.
  4. soonerdog

    soonerdog Songster

    Bigredrooster where are you located in N E Ga? I am located in Gainesville, Ga.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2007
  5. bigredrooster

    bigredrooster In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2007
    N.E Ga.
    I am close to Hartwell.
  6. earth_ma

    earth_ma Chirping

    Feb 5, 2007
    North East Georgia
    Hey! I'm new to chickens...I will get my first chicks this spring. I live in Toccoa, GA.
  7. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    Hey Earth_ma, my husband's family is from Toccoa! Last name is Stowe.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    After about 6 weeks a hen is finished with her chicks. Her brooding instinct turns off and she won't ever think o them as her babies again. If you ae in an area whe it is very cold atnight leave hem together for body heat and to keep one another warm. They will feather out fully around 10 -12 weeks and be hearty.
  9. soonerdog

    soonerdog Songster

    Oh, I got a little birchen moma still with her two adult daughters and she will still fight you in a minute if you bother her big babies. Catch any other of the chickens and she could care less, but mess with her big baby daughters and see what you get! [​IMG]

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