Hen now leaving chick

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PaulineM

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Hen now leaving chick
« on: May 02, 2011, 20:37 »
Hi
My chick is now 34 days old and mum has been leaving the chick more over the past couple of days, today Mum has started to lay again but as it got later she went to bed with all the other hens leaving her chick calling for her. Up to now I have always let Mum decide what to do and when, but I did intervene tonight by lifting her back out of the main coop and putting her in with the chick in their own cage.
The flock has accepted the chick being out and about but the top hen does have a go at it still. I don't think the chick is big enough yet to put into the main coop but is it big enough to sleep on its own?  :( It would be in a cage on a stable floor covered with bedding.
Help!!!
1 Hubby, 2 children, 2 Welsummers, 1 Leghorn Banty, 1 Wyandotte Banty, 1 Barnevelder, 2 Isa Brown, 1 Rhode Island, 1 Goldline,1 Maran, 2 Mottled Leghorns, 1 Leghorn cockerel & 2 Jack Russells

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Re: Hen now leaving chick
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 20:47 »
Hello PaulineM,
does your chick have its full feathers yet?  It sounds as if mother has decided that she has done enough.  I would be reluctant to leave the chick on its own.  If it has its full feathers and can jump up onto the perch I would try putting it in with the other hens.  However I am not that experienced and I'm sure someone more experienced will be along to give you advice.  Good Luck!
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