how old are chicks when they leave their mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by roostersandhens, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. hi i have a broody hen her eggs have not yet hatched but i want to know how old will they be before the chicks leave their mom???????
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It varies but 6 weeks is what I see quoted a lot. Some will hang onto their babies a very long time from what I have read on BYC.
  3. CheekyMare

    CheekyMare Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Silkie just started chasing and pecking hers so they all got kicked outside with the big birds. coming up on six weeks on Saturday.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    My best broody will let them sleep under her for six weeks. Then, she's back on the roost and they're welcome to join her, but not too close. But I've noticed, she still calls them for food for another few weeks. So she's still taking care of them, just not brooding them. It's funny as she's a bantam cochin, and the chicks are large fowl. This tiny little black hen calling these big three month old cockerels over for some tomato scrap, and man do they come running when she calls!
  5. ok i think it is settled on 6 weeks! Thanks!
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013

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