Is it the right thing??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I have some chicks. They're 3 months old now. Should I separate mama hen? I don't think i'll do that. They still call for her. When will they part ways?
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    They'll part when momma decides to dump 'em. Most mommas are done by 8 weeks.

    If you need to seperate them, you are fine to do so.
     
  3. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh believe me, when she is ready for "Me Time" she will tell them to go away. As long as they have one another they will be fine. I gave all of mine away except for one so mama has not been able to kick her to the curb. She did try but I guess gave up because the baby got really upset without any hatchmates for support. Three months old is pretty extreme for them to still call for her. My momma always has them written off by two months max.
     
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Thanks! They love they're mama.
     
  5. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a similar situation...two mother hens (sat on each other's eggs)

    chicks hatched and they both looked after them for a bit...then the "mean" mother hen started fending for herself, and being mean...so I separated her, and left the 4 chicks with the "nice" mother hen. The nice mother took in 2 bator chicks...then the "nice" mother after 4 days of letting these chicks under her wings started picking on them today (but not her two) Well I moved her as well...and the two baby chicks and the mother are losing their minds....but right now I want the 2 bator chicks to have some peace....I feel bad, but they are 8 weeks now...

    not sure if its the right thing...just going with my gut
     
  7. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, They can fend for themselves at this point. You feel bad, but they'll be ok!
     

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