What happens when you take chicks from a mama hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Featherland, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you get her to accept her babies are gone and start laying again.?
     
  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    How old were the chicks you took away from her ??
     
  3. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Taking them will not make her lay any sooner. Sometimes she will even become broody again! I had a mama who's babies were killed at 4 days and another mama who's babies were fine. All were hatched within the same 3 days. The mama who raised her babies for about 6 weeks started laying sooner than the mama who lost her babies.
     
  4. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks are 10 days old and I haven't taken them from her yet. Tomorrow they are all going to new homes unless I need to keep 2 for her. What is the average time they need to raise the chicks? Thank you.
     
  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
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    let her raise them all for longer as to not disturb her broody cycle. u should wait till shes ready and when you are
     
  6. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
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    Quote:Depends on the hen and the clutch she hatched.

    Our Jersey Black Giant hatched 2 pullets last year and was with them until they were 4 weeks old.

    This year she has 5 chicks and they are almost 6 weeks old and she is still with them.
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Some hens wait 6 weeks and some wait longer, You should let her keep them, but if you cant keep them all at least let her keep 2 (dont want to screw up a broody hens head anymore than what it is)
     
  8. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely at least 6 weeks. That seems to be the average. They need to be with her to finish their growing up cycle as well. Since they have been with her for 10 days, they are used to eating with her and drinking with her also. They would be confused and have to re-learn the process.
     

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