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When to move out mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shrader, May 28, 2008.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen hatched one chick 2 weeks ago.
    She's been raising the chick in a separate coop/ run.
    I know I can't move the chick in with the rest of my hens until she's the same size they are.
    I'm wondering how long the mother hen has to stay cooped up with her.
    When can I move her back in with her sisters?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, when my broody had just one chick... I let her raise it in with the big girls. She protected that one chick and haven't had a problem. She's done it twice and the little chick under mommy hen integrates with the rest of the flock no problem. However, all flocks can be different.
     
  3. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. So you put the mother and the baby chick back in with the flock and you didn't have any problems? What age was the chick when you did it? Did you have a nest on the ground for the chick to sleep in? Maybe I'll give that a shot. Thanks.
     
  4. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our broody started laying eggs again and still didn't want to leave her chicks [​IMG]

    We tried putting them back in the coop with the bigger girls when the chicks were about 10 weeks old (we kneeded the broody box for another hen), and the mum protected the chicks for a while then left them to fend for themselves - if they came to close to her she'd even give them a peck and chase them away! Tough love [​IMG]
     

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