Is It Safe to Let Baby Chicks in with Adults?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JPinVT, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! [​IMG] At least, it's working just fine for me, my broody phoenix, and her 14 chicks:

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    Snacking on cracked corn with daddy - the splash cochin.

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    The rest of the flock just ignores them. Even my dogs know better than to even look in the same direction as the chicks, or Emmy will come running to kick some butt!
     
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Cool photos and thanks for sharing.... Nice birds!
     
  3. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    The chicks may get eaten if they don't have a mama to protect them.
     
  4. Whispering_Raven

    Whispering_Raven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! I don't know the answer to your question...But admiring your pictures. [​IMG]
     
  5. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The answer to this question is another question: Is mama with them?
    If she is, they are fine. If not, no they aren't.
     
  6. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    The OP states the broody is with them and was answering her own question [​IMG]

    Least that is how I read it...
     
  7. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Beautiful chickens! [​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:How I read it too. All my broodies have raised the chicks in the coop with the flock, where they belong.

    To the OP - Pretty chickens, cute chicks. [​IMG]
     
  9. yadaguhtoo

    yadaguhtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was also wondering if this is okay. I am also curious if you have two hens that have hatched out babies ( like I do right now ) can all be together or if the hens will fight over the chicks.It wuld be a lot easier to care for them if they are all in the same area. One set of chicks are 3 weeks old and the other are 2 weeks old.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I've had more than one broody with chicks at a time. They keep their chicks pretty close to them. I've never seen the "not the mommy" do more than give a little peck to the other hens chicks for getting too close.
     

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