Mother hen chasing away chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Donna the Noob, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Donna the Noob

    Donna the Noob New Egg

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    Hi there, was wondering if I could ask you guys a question?

    My barred rock hen hatched 3 faverolle eggs, she was a great mum but now 3 months on she has started chasing them away and not tollerating them. Is this normal? She even walks up and gives them a random peck.

    Thanks for any ideas or reasons why they do this,

    Donna [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Donut Chickie

    Donut Chickie Out Of The Brooder

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    She might be trying to establish a pecking order.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Three Months! Wow! That sure took a long time. Many do that in as little as 4 weeks.

    It's called weaning. She will no longer take care of them.. They are on their own and responsible to find their own food and protect themselves.
     
  4. Donna the Noob

    Donna the Noob New Egg

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    Thanks for letting me know....I suspected this but wasn't sure!

    Taken a load of my mind. ^_^ [​IMG]
     

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