New chicks hatched by & raised by Momma Hens....when does Momma Hen

Twiggers96

Chirping
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Sep 3, 2011
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I've got two sets of clutches newly hatched by their own laying mommas.

Both Momma's are doing their job and incredibly protective of the chicks.
I am happy about that part but not happy about the prospect of the crazy pecking they've aimed my way!!
How much longer will I have to carry around a gladiator shield (small garbage can lid) when changing the water/food in their quarters?
When do the Momma Hens start to relax?

(I know there has got to be something on here about this but there's a lot to search through...)
 

Judy

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Mamas usually mother their chicks for somewhere around 6 weeks -- though this varies, a lot. When they are through, they will chase the chicks away, and mine at least returned to roosting with the flock, while the chicks slept together in a corner or nest.
 

Komaki

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I agree. mine go between 4 and 6 wks then intergration should have happened. But they know thier place. Momma will be your friend again after that. Congrats!
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