When can you take chicks from there mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickadee-23, May 2, 2016.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    My bantam hen hatch 6 chicks 2 weeks ago, and Im letting her raise them, but I was wondering at what age can I take from mom & they can thrive on their own they will have their own coop & house. Thank you!
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Usually a hen will leave her chicks on her own. It varies by the bird, but usually happens when the chicks are around 4-8 weeks old, sometimes even longer. Eventually, she'll basically lose interest in them, won't dote over them as much and start to ignore them. She'll stop making her "momma noises" and may even chase them away from her. So I wouldn't take them from her. She'll take care of it herself in her own timing. [​IMG]
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    The beauty of using a momma hen to raise chicks is that she makes all the decisions for you. She knows whats best for them. Assuming she is with the main flock, it also has the added advantage that the chicks are already integrated into flock. As LRH97 says - leaving the momma to decide when to leave the chicks to go it alone is best for both momma and chicks.

  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'm not sure why you would want to [​IMG].

    Momma takes good care of them, usually. If she's mothering them, leave them with her. If they've been separated from the main flock, now is the best time to introduce them. Momma's still hormonal and attached to the littles that she'll make it clear no one is to mess with them. Then, by the time she's done mothering (usually around 6 weeks, but this can vary a LOT), the other birds will be quite used to them and have no issues with the little birds.
  5. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    Ok thank I'm not wanting to take her from them until there ready to be on their own, basically when their to big to be with their momma, I'm not keeping all of them just one or 2 pullets rest are going to be sold to a friend of mine. In the coop it's just hen, rooster & babies. This is her first babies & my first time letting mom raise them I usually hatch them or use hen to hatch & raise them myself. Thanks for the advice :)

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