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when will mama hen start laying again?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by reginak, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. reginak

    reginak Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mama hen who hatched out a mini-clutch (3 chicks) a week ago. How soon should I expert her to start laying again? She is being a great mom, by the way.

    Thanks
    Regina
     
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    A few weeks after she decides the babies no longer need her. That will depend on your chicken and her babies.
     
  3. reginak

    reginak Out Of The Brooder

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    oh ... weeks? months?

    Thanks. I'm just feeling my way along ... somehow I thought she'd start laying again a few days after they hatched out. Oh well. The peeps are worth it [​IMG]
     
  4. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    hehe Probably 4-6 weeks or so for her to stay with the babies and then a little bit to get her laying cycle regular again...generally the moms will stay with them until they no longer need a heat source or protection.

    It's kinda like a mom when she's had a baby. Takes a while until she feels up to it again. hehe (Not nearly as long for chickens, thankfully! ;-) )
     
  5. reginak

    reginak Out Of The Brooder

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    *sigh* OK, I get it. I sympathize with her, she's been a real hero. Newbie me would have broken up any less determined broody, trying to make sure she was warm and comfy while she was setting. I moved her from the coop (only one nest -- only two hens!) to a separate cage on the porch, to the kitchen when it got cold and rainy, to the porch again, to the basement .... up to a few days before they hatched, and she never wavered. I didn't know I should leave her alone.

    And she's being a real good mom to the hatchlings, too. I took her and the peeps back to the back yard when they were a couple days old, and had given up on the other 3 eggs (2 of which I took out of the fridge when she went broody, so I wasn't surprised they didn't hatch). The 2nd night she moved them back into the main coop (Eglu), and the mini-flock is getting along just fine, no drama. Next weekend I will build a bigger coop, and hope all 3 are females and keepers! The Eglu will be way too small for 6!

    Thanks a lot for answering!

    Regina
     
  6. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    You sound like you're doing great by them. :)

    I absolutely adore seeing broody mamas and babies. It's one of the sweetest things ever. [​IMG]
     
  7. reginak

    reginak Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah ... they're pretty daggone cute! [​IMG]
     
  8. Myst4

    Myst4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long before a broody starts to lay eggs again if none of the eggs she sat on hatched?
     

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