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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:37 pm 
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Not a problem, just thought this may be of interest.
An Australorp we raised here late last season, hatched 23 December, started laying 22 weeks later in may, just in time for winter, went clucky in late July so we set her on 14 eggs. She hatched them on 20th August, and is raising the 14 chicks.
She has been a first class mum.
Yesterday and today she has begun laying again.
Is this unusual?
Nothing to do I guess, just feed her well and be grateful?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:48 pm 
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one of my broodies last year started laying again after the chicks were 4 weeks old


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:49 pm 
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That's one very productive Australorp! :-)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:51 pm 
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Watch her closely as she will probably be sick of the chicks soon and you may need to remove her as soon as you notice any aggression towards the little ones.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:02 pm 
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Thanks Redjohanna, that hadn't occurred to me. Will keep a close eye on her.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:18 pm 
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When they switch off the broodiness and start laying they can be unpredictable mums. Great that you are watching.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:30 pm 
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I've had similar, then hens have generally ignored the chicks during the day which is OK if the chicks are old enough to be reasonably independent and to give the hen her space, but are happy to snuggle up with them at night. Just keep an eye on everyone and remember that you have a laying hen who is presumably eating chick starter. She will be getting plenty of protein but will need her calcium boosted (shell grit)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:35 pm 
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yes, my broody who started laying after her chicks were 4 weeks old was sick of being cooped up with chicks. She still looked after them but she wasn't happy about being in there.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:36 pm 
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i had one of my light sussex hens start laying 3 weeks after hatching 2 chicks, she layed every other day and she still mothered them until they were about age 8 weeks. she was a good mumma


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:44 pm 
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I had a hen last year who started laying when the chicks where 4 weeks old, she was sick of 16 babies by 5 weeks. She was used to raising between 5-7 babies since I usually took the rest off her to hand raise. She likes to lay about 20 eggs in hard to find places and usually hatches a good majority of her eggs. She usually mothered her babies till they started laying. I separated her from her babies and she went broody again 3 weeks later. I ended up putting her back in with her babies to stop her sitting on the other hens eggs. She took her 8 week old babies back, tucking them under her wings at night.


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