Mother hen and chicks

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

  1. Slopeve1

    Slopeve1 New Egg

    Oct 2, 2010
    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

    Jun 7, 2010
    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!


    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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

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