Touching a broody hens babbies!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MonkeyZero, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Hey
    My friend and I were arguing about this

    IS it true that if you touch a mother hens chicks, she will kick them out of the nest.
    I told her its not true, but she thinks it is

    HELP?
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  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    Nope not true for me I touch grab move cuddle my broody hens chicks all the time
     
  3. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I hold mine all the time too. Some people have broodies that can be pretty mean, and give you a hard time about picking them up. But mine is just a sweetie.
     
  4. that_crazy_lady

    that_crazy_lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is some song birds, not chickens.

    but some hens don't want you touching there babys and they let you know it
     
  5. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Not true. I hold them right after they are born to "check them" and make sure everything is where it should be. Then I hold each one every day so they are used to human contact. She has no problem with it either, but I did have one mama that didnt like it.
     
  6. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I want you to come to my house and try and take the chicks out from under my broody. I swear she drew blood once [​IMG]
     
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    No momma hen will not kick the babies out.



    It is a myth that any bird will kick a baby bird out of the nest because it has been touched by a human.
     
  8. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Total myth about any bird abandoning their young due to that. How else do scientists go to nests and weigh and measure the young, band them and put them back etc. Also, look here... http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1098 a few questions down in the first section on 'baby birds'

    Mamma hens are usually fine with it and it's good to get them all used to handling the chickies, at least a little.
     
  9. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Maryland
    You might lose a finger, but otherwise, knock yourself out. [​IMG]
     
  10. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Definately not true. My girls are friendly, so they don't attack me either.

    Matt
     

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