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I wouldn't try it. At ten days after hatch, she's going to have "her babies" cemented in her mind, and any other chicks aren't seen as poor helpless orphans that need a momma, but as interlopers and competition for food and resources for her chick. 

 

I think the best outcome you can expect is that she'll tolerate them in the same coop when her chick is several weeks old, and they can grow up together. 

Here's another possible option:

 

My olive egger seems pretty intent on staying in her nesting box.  She will have only been sitting for 8 days or so when they are due, but she has been puffed up and more assertive with others (lower in the pecking order) longer than that.   She is pretty docile.  I am going to have my husband bring another dog kennel home and lock her in there with her golf balls tonight.  If she adjusts well to the move, could I try to give her some babies (or even some eggs that are close to hatching)? 

 

I could put both kennels close together and in view of the babies and see how both hens react or put a few under each and be there early in the morning to rescue them if needed.

 

 

I don't mind brooding chicks myself, but it seems like the transition to the flock is so much easier with a momma.  Any advice on a good game plan would be great.

post #12 of 17
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If I let my hens have chicks how will the rooster react to them
watch them all very closely. As others said, some are naturally broody, other breeds don't care at all.

new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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post #13 of 17
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New guy lol. Hi I was wondering about chicks if I got some and put them with a hen will she trat them as her own

Only if the hen has been broody. A non-broody won't accept them unless it's perhaps a silkie or cochin.

 

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If I let my hens have chicks how will the rooster react to them

A broody hen will protect chicks from all comers. They are quite scary. I've had a lone young cockerel mother baby chicks before. The first day he didn't know how to react but he became quite protective. I guess he was lonely.

 

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 I have a young flower hen who hatched out one chick on Saturday ( 5 days ago). This is her first brood and they seem to be doing fine. I have a bunch set to hatch on Tuesday (5 days from now). I have 37 in the incubator, but don't plan on keeping all of them.  She is currently penned in a very large dog kennel with the baby. 

 

Questions:

 

Can I give her more babies 10 days later? 

 

How many more could she handle?

 

Should I buy one at Atwoods tonight to make sure she will accept other babies and help the transition from one to multiple chicks? 

 

I am heading home soon and need to decide ASAP

 

Thanks!

You can try to add a single to see how it goes. I'm not going to be a naysayer like most of the other posters. I think it depends on how the mothering hormones are raging at the time. I once gave a hen 42 chicks of various ages and she loved it.

 

 

 

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Here's another possible option:

 

My olive egger seems pretty intent on staying in her nesting box.  She will have only been sitting for 8 days or so when they are due, but she has been puffed up and more assertive with others (lower in the pecking order) longer than that.   She is pretty docile.  I am going to have my husband bring another dog kennel home and lock her in there with her golf balls tonight.  If she adjusts well to the move, could I try to give her some babies (or even some eggs that are close to hatching)? 

 

I could put both kennels close together and in view of the babies and see how both hens react or put a few under each and be there early in the morning to rescue them if needed.

 

 

I don't mind brooding chicks myself, but it seems like the transition to the flock is so much easier with a momma.  Any advice on a good game plan would be great.

That's a good option. Transition to the flock is much better with a hen. She'll protect them till the others accept them.

 

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watch them all very closely. As others said, some are naturally broody, other breeds don't care at all.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #14 of 17
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Only if the hen has been broody. A non-broody won't accept them unless it's perhaps a silkie or cochin.

 

A broody hen will protect chicks from all comers. They are quite scary. I've had a lone young cockerel mother baby chicks before. The first day he didn't know how to react but he became quite protective. I guess he was lonely.

 

You can try to add a single to see how it goes. I'm not going to be a naysayer like most of the other posters. I think it depends on how the mothering hormones are raging at the time. I once gave a hen 42 chicks of various ages and she loved it.

 

 

 

That's a good option. Transition to the flock is much better with a hen. She'll protect them till the others accept them.

 

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Thanks ChickenCanoe!  With the two broodies in two kennels (one with the 10 day old baby, and one who has been setting for 8 days or so), what would your game plan be?  Give 6-10 to each at night, show them the chicks while awake and see what they do, give the OE eggs that are about to hatch, etc.  They would be day-olds at the oldest, so they won't be trained to the heat light or to run away, etc.  Thank you!

 

I really appreciate you q

post #15 of 17

I'd do it at night and check the coop every half hour or so with a flashlight to see if there are any chicks running around on their own. If not after a couple checks, they're probably fine.

 

I've added chicks that were 2 or 3 days old and they escaped the mom and chilled.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #16 of 17
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So try both mommas?  

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe View Post
 

I'd do it at night and check the coop every half hour or so with a flashlight to see if there are any chicks running around on their own. If not after a couple checks, they're probably fine.

 

I've added chicks that were 2 or 3 days old and they escaped the mom and chilled.

I gave the OE 2 babies last night.  I was so nervous, but they seem to be doing fine.  I took her golf balls and put the chicks in a small box on top of her nesting box for a little while so she could hear them "hatching."  I will give her 3 more tonight if she continues to do well with them.  

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