The chick won't leave it's momma

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by angidee, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2010
    I have a Cochin that hatched 3 chicks at the beginning of May. She booted 2 of them at an age appropriate time, but let the 3rd and littlest one stay with her. This 'little one' is now 20 weeks old and regular sized. The momma has been broody and has been sitting on an empty nest for a month. This chickie will not leave her side and she isn't doing anything to make it go.
    Should I do anything about it? It wouldn't be such a big deal if the chickie weren't pooping in the nest box all day while he/she sits with her momma.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's a pain for sure on cleaning the nest boxes. Where does the "baby" sleep at night?
  3. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    I had a hen go broody and one of her babies sat with her the whole time. I ended up putting the momma hen by herself in the broody coop and that broke the grown chick from being up mama's butt. LOL.

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