mother hen behaviour

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chookhead, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can anyone plz specify how a mother hen behaves because my mother hen is currently behaving like a broody that has gotten up for her daily break but calls the chicks to the food and clucks and they follow but she sits on the ground randomly and scratches around with her beak and clucks is this normal sorry for the dumb question buts its my first time with a broody and its an isa which i found weird [​IMG]
     
  2. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the age of the chicks - if they're very young, she has to go slow with them, and give them lots of chances to go under her for warmth. That 'broody' cluck is also the mother hen cluck. If she's attentive and sweet with her chicks, don't worry, she'll do her job as she sees fit. Hens usually do a great job. The only problem is if they're hen-raised, they're a bit more wild than hand-raised. I kinda like mine hand-raised, then they're so tame and easily handled. But I also like the hen to do the work! [​IMG]
     
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is normal, for mom and chicks to sit around for the first few days. Mom has to get her strenght back up from hardly eating or moving for 21 days, and the babies sleep alot for the first week.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes, some broodies do that "broody" cluck even after the chicks arrive. She keeps in contact with the chicks verbally. They follow her around, cheeping themselves. It can be a noisy group, LOL.
     
  5. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kk thnx guys there foraging rite now there soo cute lol
     

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