Momma Hen has just left chicks....aged 13.5 weeks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pgpoultry, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is far from a record, but my huge Dark Brahma hen has only just decided to part company with her 9 very big chicks of 13.5 weeks.

    She was still breaking food up and offering it to the chicks who were starting on typical adolescent behaviour up until 2 days ago.

    Momma wandered off (she has been free-ranging with them since 5 weeks of age) and promptly went into an egg box where she sat for 3 hours and is already behaving as though she is ready to hatch another brood.(Obviously not her own!).

    I picked her up and checked her thoroughly....no parasites, good feathers and over 9 lbs in weight, so definitely fit for another 'sitting session'.

    So how long have others had hens with chicks?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, what a trooper of a mama! [​IMG] That's a long time for her to be taking care of them.
     

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