older chick acting like a mama hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kbsangel86, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. kbsangel86

    kbsangel86 New Egg

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    I have a br chick that is allowing the younger chicks (that i got to keep it company) to huddle up to/under it, the same way a mama hen would do with her hatch. My br (Nibblet) is somewhere between 10 and 14 weeks old maybe? And the others (leghorn/cubalaya mix) are 6-7 weeks old. Is this a sign that Nibblet is a hen or is it just because he/she is larger and older? Sorry for the poor pic

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  2. kbsangel86

    kbsangel86 New Egg

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Not sure why, but just count yourself lucky that the older chick has accepted the younger ones,
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    That's so adorable! But rare! You probably won't have this happen again, ever.

    No, it's no guarantee this sweet chick is a pullet. But if this turns out to be a roo, he'll be a great one, probably.
     
  5. kbsangel86

    kbsangel86 New Egg

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    Oh i do! This chick appeared in my dog run 5 or 6 weeks ago and i couldnt find any chicks close to its age until 3 weeks ago. After a few weeks of involuntary isolation (i setioudly have no clue where it came from or how it got inside a 6ft privacy fence) it finally got dome friends. There was a staredown (15 vs 1) but no squabbles. I was REALLY lucky!
     

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