Selling newly hatched chicks with their moms. Will they be okay?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TinyLittleFarm, May 17, 2011.

  1. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Silkie pullets that I have because they were a rescue. They are the broodiest things in the world. Two are setting right now. While they are cute as can be, my coop is a bit crowded and the constant broodiness is making me nuts. Once the eggs they are sitting on hatch (I'm only letting each girl sit on 2 eggs), do I have to wait a certain period of time before rehoming the silkies? I would insist that the buyer take the newly hatched babes because it would seem cruel to me to separate the babies from their mamas, and I don't really want the chicks anyway.

    I'd actually love to just pick them up off their nests and rehome them asap, but can you rehome a broody?

    I'm just worried if I rehome the whole group that the mamas will forget about their babies and not be good moms or something. I have no idea...
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think I've ever seen or thought about this question, and I use broodies. It might work fine. That mother/chick bond is pretty strong; maybe a move wouldn't be any big deal to them. Maybe someone will come along who has actually done this. I do know that if I don't like where the broody is nesting, it works fine to move them all once the chicks hatch, and not so well while she is still setting.

    I know I would not sell the mama unless the buyer took the chicks, not while she is still mothering them. I'd be afraid she would grieve too much; I've read how much this can upset a mama.
     

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