is this normal behavour

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by haycroft, May 2, 2009.

  1. haycroft

    haycroft Out Of The Brooder

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    Could someone tell me if this is normal for my broody hen to go and roost up in the main coop with my only hybrid hen leaving her 4 week old chicks to sleep on their own on the ground floor in their own little temparay coop
    and she has also started to lay eggs after 4 weeks having hatch her chicks

    thanks..first time broody hen and chicks owner
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I couldn't say if it was normal, but I would think 4 week old chicks would be OK if it's warm in your area. If not I would just give them choice of a lamp to get under, set high enough up so it's only about 70ish under it.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've never had a broody but from what I've read on BYC, mother hens abandon their chicks at different ages, anywhere from almost immediately to (probably a silkie) waiting until the babies are nearly full-grown.
     
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Quote:Yep, sounds like she is DONE with them. Adios mamacita! I agree that they are a little young to brave cold nights.
     

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