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Will hens Raise their own?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ecowoman, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. ecowoman

    ecowoman New Egg

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    I am one year into chicken life... I have 10 chickens. 2 roosters (1 was not planned). I have 2 hens that I allowed to raise 6 eggs together. They really share the load! One egg hatched but did not make it.
    Are hens reliable to raise their own chicks? Another egg hatched last night and it is alive. I am preparing a place to keep it... alive.
    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most hens will do just fine caring for their chicks. It does get complicated with multiple hens caring for the chicks. I would recommend allowing only one of the hens care for the chicks (although it is so cute when they share the duties).
     
  3. ecowoman

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    It has only been a short time since I was out there, but it seems as though the
    hens have been picking on the chick... The bare back was not visible when I
    peeked under earlier. It doesn't seem like it is going to make it. It also looks as though it still has remnants of the egg sack, from the behind.

    Should I segregate one hen with the rest of the eggs, from the rest of the
    chickens? Question is, which one was picking on the poor thing?

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    Thank you for your help!
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    If they couldn't or wouldn't they would have been extinct before now.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Depend on breeds, these most of the time dont brood good.

    Leghorns
    polish
    hamburg
    campine
    cornish
    cornish x rock

    just to list a few breeds
     
  6. ecowoman

    ecowoman New Egg

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    well, yes... I know that, but in my little breeding situation, with 2 hens sharing the nest, why would these chicks be exhibiting "baldness"? The other one that died had similar problems. The current one did not have the baldness earlier.
    Thanks for setting me straight on extinction. [​IMG]
     
  7. ecowoman

    ecowoman New Egg

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    I have bantams. Great little eggs!
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:No because we incubate and brood the chicks for them. Most of the white leghorns broody has been breed out of them because broody dont lay when raising chicks.
     
  9. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I dont know actually. The only breed I have ever had do that to a chick, was Japanese when I allowed them to hatch some eggs naturally as an experiment. It was killed almost immediately after hatching. It's still a mystery to me...

    Your welcome... [​IMG]
     
  10. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:True, but you can't completely remove a chickens natural instinct. Yes the hatch rates will be extremely low to non-existent, but left to themselves, I'm sure they would at some point. They are, after all still chickens, bred from the same original jungle fowl.
     

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