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When to put newly harched chicks with mom of 3 five day old chicks?

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We had a broody hen so we let her sit on a clutch. 3 hatched on day 21 and she stopped sitting. We removed the eggs and placed them in an incubator. 1 just hatched! When should I put the incubator chick with mommy hen and the other 3 babies?
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Howdy newbiechick1

 

If I read this right, your mumma hen has babies that are now 5 days old and the little one you want to give her has only just hatched?

 

While I have had hatches here, I have had no experience with giving broody’s chicks or reintroducing chicks to a broody.

 

However, I think, if I have the timeline right, giving her a newly hatched chick when she has 5 day olds is fraught with danger.  Not only will she maybe not accept the chick but the older chicks could also pick on it.

 

I am not sure that I would try it but hopefully someone with more experience will be able to chime in and offer some advice.

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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If it's been longer than 72 hours since the first hatch, your hen will not likely accept any new chicks.

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