Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CantSkipThis1, May 20, 2010.

  1. CantSkipThis1

    CantSkipThis1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Bonita
    So last night I unplugged the heat lamp to my brooder and forgot to plug it back in. A few hours later I noticed it wasnt on so I walked over there plugged it in and look in my brooder hoping everyone was okay.
    I only have four chicks in the brooder right now.
    Two are around 4 weeks old- 1 Araucana pullet and 1 Barred Rock pullet.
    The other two chicks are two week old Speckled Sussex pullets.
    When I looked in my brooder I saw the cuttest thing EVER!! The 4 week old Aracuana was all puffed up and both of the two week old Speckled Sussex chicks were sleeping under her like she was their monther. Isnt she a little young to be looking after other chicks? Is this normal?

    Thanks!
     
  2. detali

    detali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they were all just trying to stay warm.
     
  3. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that bigger birds will mother smaller ones, so yes.
     
  4. CantSkipThis1

    CantSkipThis1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:When they all just want to stay warm it seems like they pile on top of each other. More of a every man for him self. This was not the case. My other older pullet was also not sleeping with them.
     
  5. Straubby

    Straubby Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 6 week old bantam cochin that mothers my 2 1/2 week old bantam silkies it is way cute cause she's a frazzle and they're all fluffy .....hehehehehe
     

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