Q: about mom's and babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by spencer creek, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. spencer creek

    spencer creek Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2008
    My Silkie hen's chicks are now almost 2 months old. They are in my pole barn with mom and no lamp. I have another incubated batch in the garage brooder still that is almost 3 months.

    #1- If I pull my 2 month old chicks from their mom and put them with the others similar in size will my hen start to lay eggs sooner?

    #2- My 3 month olds(in brooder). When can they go out in the pole barn overnight without a lamp? They are pretty close to being grown-up's and spend the day out there but at dusk they huddle in a pile. There are 4, I am in MI. It's been about 35-40 at night.

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    #1 - I am not sure that taking them makes the egglaying start any faster - I took chicks from my broody 2 weeks ago and she still hasn't layed one yet

    #2 - they can go out with no lamp once they are fully feather, no more tufts of down - makes sure to check them all over, but they should be pretty darned close to being fully feathered at 12-13 weeks.

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