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When can I remove chicks from hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by denco5, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. denco5

    denco5 Songster

    Jun 23, 2010
    Ocoee Florida
    I have 4 chicks that are now 2 weeks old. Can I remove them from the hen and raise them away from her? Will the hen go crazy with no chicks to raise after having them with her for two weeks?

    These are chicks that will be given away and not be part of my flock so the sooner I can get my hen back to the group the better for me.


  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    As any mother would, the hen will be upset for a while. Usually they are over it in a day or so, though it can be a while before they start laying again. Being broody does take a toll on them and they need to build their strengrth back up and get the hormones straight before they start to lay again.

    The answer to your question is, you can take them at any time and she will soon get over it.

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