Mother hen and chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Slopeve1, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Slopeve1

    Slopeve1 New Egg

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    Our brooding hen hatched six chicks last week, all doing very well. At what age can I introduce mother hen and chicks back to main flock?
     
  2. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you should wait untill the chicks can hold their own with the big girls. I have a neighbor who just lets them all in together and hes lost loads of small chicks through being trampled and bullied and pecked at. When My bertha had hers I kept them seperated until the babies were about 14/15 weeks Bertha is back int he big pen too so she keeps a good eye on them. They are about 19 weeks now and she is still sitting on them at night!

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    It is funny but they are safe and that is the main thing.

    All I can say is don;t rush it. Most chickens stop playing mummy around 6 -8 weeks so Bertha is unusual.

    Oesdog - good luck
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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