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I have two new hatchlings and a broody hen sitting on a small clutch for 10 days. If I put the hatchlings in with her will she stop sitting on her clutch?

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Yes, she will abandon the eggs to take care of the chicks if she accepts them. If you want to try this, switch out the eggs for the chicks at night. Be aware that she may not accept the chicks and kick them out from under her and refuse to take care of them leaving them to die, or even potentially kill them.
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Breeding Ayam Cemanis, Roman Tufted Geese, and Welsh Harlequin Ducks.

Vermonters, come join us in the Vermont thread!

Clearing Up Rooster Misinformation - Letting Broody Hens Hatch and Raise Chicks - Raising Dubia For Your Chickens
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thanks for the reply. They are Serama's and my incubator success rate is about 50%.  I am going to pass on setting them with the broody then. The broody has 5 eggs under her and is 11 days in.

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 I have 2 silkies that are about 2 weeks old. Do you think they would accept to little seramas with them. I hear that Silkies are very gentle and naturally like babies?

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