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About half a week ago I sneaked three chicks under my Ameraucana hen. Yesterday one died and I decided to get two more. Will she take to the new chicks as well? I have another broody but I have doubts about her. Should I try it and place them under the Ameraucana? Let me know....

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About half a week ago I sneaked three chicks under my Ameraucana hen. Yesterday one died and I decided to get two more. Will she take to the new chicks as well? I have another broody but I have doubts about her. Should I try it and place them under the Ameraucana? Let me know....


If the new chicks are about the same age and coloration, there is a good chance she will accept them. I would try giving them to her during the day (only if the new chicks look very much the same) and see what happens ( hold the chicks near the hen. When they peep listen for the hen to cluck-calling them. Then try giving her one. You will know immediately if they're accepted. ). If that's a no-go try at night.

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Only she can answer that!  I'm thinking that they would graft to her most likely within the first 48 hours.  And only if they are just a few days old themselves.  Wish you the best with it.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Thank you! The hen has adopted them and all is well. 

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That is awesome.  That hen is worth her weight in gold.  She's a wonderful broody!

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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