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mother left chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by checkingon, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. checkingon

    checkingon Songster

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    Does a mother leave her chicks after they reach a certain age? I've seen it here many times. When the chicks are several weeks or months old, the mother leaves her babies. The strange thing is I never see the mother again. She sort of just - disappears. Is this common?
     
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    The mother just disappears, never to be seen again? Sounds like something got her.

    Mothers normally will leave or drive away their chicks, often around 6 weeks old or so.
     
  3. checkingon

    checkingon Songster

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    There are mongoose that attacks the eggs and little chicks. I've recently heard from a neighbor that she's seen a Hawaiian Hawk come swooping down and pick up a full grown chick, but I don't think that hawk could pick up the mother.

    You could be right. I noticed that one of her chicks is injured. Something happened to the wing.

    She was a beautiful caring mother. It's been two days since I've last seen her - I hope she reappears. Do you think she could be possibly laying again? I appreciate hearing from you. It helps me to understand chickens better and also knowing what other predators we may have around our neighborhood.
     

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