This is the mother. She is a golden sex-link. Very poor mother. The baby chicks are only three and a half weeks old and she just left them.
They kind of hang close to the wyandotte with the one little chick. This was the first day after the mother left them. The wyandotte lets them stay a little closer now. She even lets them sleep in the nest with her and her baby.
Here they are out in the pasture, pretty much all by themselves. I don't know why she felt she had to leave them so early, but I won't let her hatch anymore. She has started laying eggs again also. She was looking for a spot in the first picture. Maybe that is what determines it.
Some women and birds just don't seem to be cut out for motherhood.
we agree with Jan's comment above
Benny & Lily
Usually by 1 month old they leave their chicks... Some of mine have let their chicks stay longer, some not.
Good thing you decided not to let her hatch anymore...
Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill
Good thing that they're that old and will no doubt fend for themselves.
maybe she's lazy and rather sit on the eggs than to take care of the babies...LOL
I've read that some breeds don't make good brooders, so you're probably lucky she tended them that long.
Apparently your Wyandotte is a better brooder, so that's good because then you'll have a good mother when you need one. :)
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