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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.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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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!

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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