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Why does my Hen hate her babies now?

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    07-18-2010, 12:48 PM
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Foal
Question Why does my Hen hate her babies now?

I have 4 Buff Orpington hens and one hatched out 7 chicks a few months ago. I think they are now 3 1/2 months old. They have most of their feather. Any way, She was very protective of them when they were first born. Wouldn't let the other two hens near them, but then at around 6-8 weeks old, she wanted out of the pen. It's a big roofed chicken house/pen that's 8'x16' with only the four hens in it. So, I let her out in the day.

Now she hates her babies and chases them and picks at them. They run away from her when they see her coming and they all roost on a perch by themselves.

Why did she all-of-a-sudden, start hating her own chicks?

BTW: I think 3 are going to be roos and 3 hens and I'm undecided on the other one.
     
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    07-18-2010, 01:00 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Once the hen thinks the chicks are old enough to survive on their own, she cases them off so she has time to start on another brood, just like a mother horse at weaning time. When she's raising those chicks she produces a hormone (or was it a lack of a hormone; it's been forever since I've read my chicken books) that prevents her from laying and she gets broody. This is now starting to wear off and she's ready to move on to the next set of chickies.
     
    07-18-2010, 03:12 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Once the hen thinks the chicks are old enough to survive on their own, she cases them off so she has time to start on another brood, just like a mother horse at weaning time. When she's raising those chicks she produces a hormone (or was it a lack of a hormone; it's been forever since I've read my chicken books) that prevents her from laying and she gets broody. This is now starting to wear off and she's ready to move on to the next set of chickies.
THANK YOU ~!!

I thought I had a psycho chicken or something.
     
    07-19-2010, 04:02 AM
  #4
Yearling
Hahah. Pyscho chickens are awesome..

Anyways. That is interesting. When my old hen hatched her lot, she never behaved like that towards them..
     

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