My Boody BO Hatched 7 Babies - So NOW WHAT?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MIKE555444, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 8, 2009
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    Ok... So here is my debate so please help me decide:

    How long do I leave momma with them? I will for sure leave momma with the new 7 chicks for the first few but how long?

    Pros

    Momma is good at keeping babies warm
    Momma nurtures, protects, and teaches


    Cons

    Momma makes much more mess in the small coop area
    Momma uses up food and water more quickly
    Momma does not generally produce eggs while she is "mothering"


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  2. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    Leave them [​IMG] Until she "weans" them.


    It baffles me that people would take chicks from a good mama.
     

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