What was the longest your hen raised her chicks?

serenityNH

Songster
8 Years
Mar 7, 2011
340
28
111
Raymond, NH
Our hen is still raising her chicks and they are 13 weeks old! In the past she only raised her chicks for 6 weeks or so. I am not sure why she has decided to hang onto these babies for so long? They are almost the same size as her but she still finds food for them and covers them when they are roosting.
 

Chick_In_The_Burbs

Songster
9 Years
Jun 26, 2010
3,015
73
246
Western Washington
My Summer is at 11 weeks with the 3 Silkie chicks (I took away the LF chicks). She still tells them where the yummy food is and snuggles with them at night. She is less protective, but then again the only creature she was protecting them from was the only other adult bird in the coop. :lol: Big bad *terrified* banty Cochin.
 

what did I do

Songster
7 Years
Apr 10, 2012
929
30
141
Montana
Good question. I have a hen I hope will care for her chicks through most of the winter. If it is cold will a hen care for her chicks longer?
 

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