Mom protecting baby?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lady Watcher, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

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    I just wanted to ask if anyone knows if a mother hen will take care of her baby, even if the baby grows bigger than her?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Whilst it varies, a momma will usually wean her chicks way before such a situation occurs. Mine seem to give it about 6 weeks before leaving their chicks to their own devices.
     
  3. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

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    What I meant is will she peck her like any other chicken?
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Regardless of size, the mother hen will hold a higher rank within the flock than her chick (or any younger chicken) - at least until the chick begins laying.
     
  5. Lady Watcher

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    Does this mean that when the chickens begins laying, that the chick can become higher in the rankings?
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Yes, it is possible.
     

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