This mama hen won't send her chicks away, at 7 weeks now (pics)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NHchicks, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one mama hen this year who ditched her chicks at 4 weeks and I was vexed. Now the other mama hen is at 7 weeks and counting, and won't ditch her chicks, and I'm vexed. I think only one is still sleeping under her, the rest are on the perches.

    Here are photos of helicopter hen mama:

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  2. Pickles03

    Pickles03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, what a good momma![​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had a couple only let them go gradually. Heck, I had one adopt some 3 week old chicks and call herself raising them for about 4 weeks. She'll quit when she's ready. Crazy chickens!
     
  5. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, just let her be a Momma [​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Don't fret.

    My silkie mama Jethro just cut her chicks loose about a week and a half ago, at 12 weeks old. They are standard sized chicks and outgrew Jethro long ago.

    Then Jethro laid two eggs,two, and is broody again. [​IMG]
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    My best broody, Goldie, is a helicopter mom. She defends her chicks for months, ever though they tower over her. It's so funny to see her in action!
     
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm topping the list as yet. My broody Brahma Mrs Grey only left her 9 chicks at 14 and a half weeks. They were the size of a brown egg layer by the time she left them. She was still calling them and breaking up food for them!

    Mrs Grey began to lay eggs about a week later, laid 4 eggs, and became broody again (currently on 5 eggs).
     
  9. abercrombie575

    abercrombie575 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love that first picture! Looks like she has a mini-me.
     
  10. guineahen14

    guineahen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    So very cute, great picture. My hen hatched and raised three guinea fowl chicks until they were about 5 weeks old. Love those hens.
     

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