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Raise Chicks or Let Mama?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jan336, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Jan336

    Jan336 Songster

    I would like some advice if my hen ever lays. When the chicks do arrive, is it best to separate them and raise the chick alone? Or let mother hen do what is best? I was thinking to let momma hen do all the work, since she would know better than me, and keep them together in the coop. Any advice?

  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Absolutely. Momma does a great job. They won't be quite as friendly at first if mom raises them, but it's MUCH less work for you.
  3. DPC poultry

    DPC poultry Songster

    Dec 18, 2010
    Mt. washington Ky
    let momma but keep them away from the rooster
  4. Jan336

    Jan336 Songster

    So I should isolate the momma and chicks from Roosters? I guess I need to build a Maternity Coop? [​IMG]
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Mama can teach them much more about how to be a chicken, "chicken smarts" than a human could ever hope to.

    As far as the rooster goes, it depends on the rooster. Some are as protective of their offspring as the mama is. You have to know your individual rooster and watch him with the chicks. A good mama hen is very protective of her chicks and will kick anybody's butt that tries to mess with them.

    ETA: An example of a rooster taking care of his chicks:

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2010

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