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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Twiggers96, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Twiggers96

    Twiggers96 Chirping

    Sep 3, 2011
    Arcadia, FL
    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...)

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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.
  3. Komaki

    Komaki Chirping

    Feb 10, 2011
    Quote: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![​IMG]

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