My four chicks will be six weeks old on Tuesday and although pretty independent during the day, (especially the boys), still come running at mums call and tuck up under her every night and also for naps during the day. Mum is more than happy for this to happen and is still watching out for them during the day and not showing signs of ignoring them or trying to get away.
When mum returns to the other two adults, she will still be within sight and sound of the chicks and also has the added issue that both the other two (silly idiot) adults are broody I try to keep the broody adults locked downstairs and they've had a good look at Tak and the chicks over the last week. They seem pretty laid back with the chicks and Mum digging around in the wood chip just outside the main coop. The chicks and mum have had the run of the garden over the last few weeks, with the broodys locked in the main coop. I cannot move the chicks run any further away from the adults as all within an electric fence and have foxes very close.
When should I remove mum, should I do it at night (as you would when introducing new chickens) and is there going to be fireworks as I'm introducing lone chicken to a flock, or with chicks and mum desperately trying to get back to each other as they are within sight? Cheers.
Lovely picture BTW
Tak was top hen till she moved to the little coop to be a mum. She has been within sight of the other 2 adults the whole time (obviously not when in the house brooding). shes not showing any signs of laying and has done a partial moult after the chicks where born, so don't think a few growers pellets will hurt if I start mixing them into the chicks food?
I have two added issues, I have two chicks on order from a breeder, both four days older than mine. I can't introduce to the other chicks until mum leaves and not sure how long the breeder will hold them for me.
I have also just managed to rehome one of the boys (the blue one), he's off to a lovely smallholding with 3 Pekin girls that I think are a bit older than him. the lady is coming to pick him up on Saturday. He started crowing at 6am this morning so although a little noise, glad she wanted him and it seems perfect timing. Hoping nobodies going to tell me it's far to early to seperate him