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When do Chickens separate from their chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by alaskachick, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    My Cukoo Maran roo and his harem have managed to hatch some chickies. They all live together with the rest of the chickens in the coop. I did not do any kind of special brooding box. The two hens that went broody are taking great care of the chicks. They chicks are out with the general population scratching up bugs and all. They are 2 weeks old now and I am wondering when the mothers will stop mothering them and let them find their out place in the flock? Any one know?

  2. SoFluffy

    SoFluffy Chirping

    Jun 18, 2011
    I think it's about 6 weeks as that's about when they can keep their own body heat.
  3. shellyga

    shellyga Songster

    Oct 23, 2010
    I have Buff Orpingtons and my first experience with a broody hen -- she left them at 3 weeks.
    This spring.. I had four broody hens at once.. three of them have left the chicks (at 4-4 1/2 weeks) while the other is still mothering.. I don't know if there is any hard and fast rule.. or if weather plays a part.. it is HOT here.. 95+ daily.. so the chicks are doing fine.

  4. Saskia

    Saskia In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2010
    WE are one week away from HATCH DAY and I have my Dark Cornish (cornelia) sitting on 5 fertilized Americauna eggs. Hoping some of them will hatch... Cornelia has been very diligent about sitting on them. Have put a ramp from the raised coop down to the 'play area' and hope that will prevent any disastrous 'falls'. will be getting a baby chick feeder and waterer to put up in the raised coop. Am hoping the brooder, Cornelia, will do what is necessary to take care of her adopted babies. do I need to do anything else?? Getting nervous about the babies... if and when they come. Words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated!! [email protected]
    does the 'mom' feed the babies at all??

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