My hen with babies is laying eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dusti Tice, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Dusti Tice

    Dusti Tice In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2019
    B3318DA3-E6F3-4A49-AC7A-ED339D7939B8.jpeg So a couple days ago I seen that there was a bantam egg in the nest box. I only have 2 bantams and they each have babies. Well anyway, today I literally watched the hen lay an egg(also caught it in video) and was wondering since her babies are only 2 weeks old should I be worried? Are the eggs edible? Will this effect her or her babies?
  2. Chicken Heel

    Chicken Heel Songster

    Jun 8, 2019
    My experiences have been that when a hen begins to lay after hatching chicks, they usually wean them soon thereafter.
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Nope. Nothing to worry about. I'm thinking she is a young Pullet under a year old? She will continue to mother the Chicks.
  4. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

    Nov 12, 2017
    Western Ohio
    Eggs are fine. Be aware that once egg laying commences, the mother hormones are waning. Momma hen will be less protective of them as hormones wane. So, depending on your flock, the chicks may benefit from some areas only they can get to in case any pecking issues occur.

    We’ve had momma hen raised chicks a few times. In our case momma adopts her babies in a brooder (surprise! They appear under her in the dark of night). Momma gets a fenced off area of the run (see-no-touch) for a short time. Once chicks are a week to two old, we allow intermingling and momma does a good job. However, there always seems to be 1-3 pullets (usually the younger ones and lower in pecking order) that try to go after the chicks, chasing and pecking them. So, we provide an area chicks can access, but pullets/hens cannot if the pecking gets too much. It isn’t always needed though, so you might be fine.
  5. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    My broody began laying eggs when chicks were 5 weeks old and then she suddenly acted like she couldn't stand them any more. Since yours are so young, keep a close eye on them.
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  6. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    Just went through this. I had the hen and chicks in a separate coop due to losing all her spring babies from rain puddles and other chickens stepping on them.
    Chicks are over 10 weeks but suddenly she couldn't get away from them fast enough. All my larger birds free range during the day together. She's laid about a half dozen eggs and then went to live in the other coop.
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    My Pullet/Hen raised Chicks. She laid two eggs during her raising stage. Chicken lay eggs. It's not an indication that she will abandon the Chicks unless she begins to lay again regularly.
  8. Dusti Tice

    Dusti Tice In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2019
    So update y’all, she has gone broody on some eggs. Since I like this breed should I let her hatch them. I have already put the other three into a brooder and they are doing fine.
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I wouldn't let a bird set that stopped caring for her chicks after just 2 weeks.

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