New brood

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ms JCG, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. Ms JCG

    Ms JCG New Egg

    Jul 16, 2016
    Hi, I'm a newbie, I've hatched a few broods in an incubator and been keeping bantams for several years but have just hatched my first brood (or rather my lovely hen has) naturally. We had two lovely bantams but lost one 3 weeks ago,leaving us with the lonely(and broody) hen issue. I've tried to integrate new hens before but as she was already broody I decided to buy in some fertilised eggs and today we have a very proud mummy chuck. I was quite prepared to separate them at 6 weeks and reintegrate later but if there's no flock is this really necessary? Will she need a break from her offspring or will they just settle into a natural pecking order?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You raised a very good question. Since she is the only grown bird and they are her (adopted ) children, they all know each other. I know I would especially be interested in what happens next. I would think they consider mom to be Alpha. Maybe the kids set up a pecking order among themselves.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Personally I leave all the decisions to momma. She will decide when she is finished being momma. After that usually follows a week of confusion on behalf of the chicks as they get used to the idea that momma is no longer momma, but all is fine.

    Best wishes
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] The hen will "wean" the chicks naturally once they are about 6-7 weeks old. Unless you have one of those hens like the one I have here, that just kicked them out of the nest aged 3 months…
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Hens will naturally begin to leave their chicks when they are ready. This time can vary between hens but I've seen anywhere from 4-12 weeks depending on the hen.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

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