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Adding more chicks under broody

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Tonight I'm going to attempt to put six 1 week old chicks under my hen who already has five 2 week old chicks.

 

Thoughts??

post #2 of 4

A lot depends upon the hen, but most hens bond strongly to their chicks within the first two days and reject others after that.  Check her very early tomorrow to make sure that she is not picking on the new chicks.

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post #3 of 4

I wouldn't count on it. 

 

Unless the hen is a proven broody with a track record of strong maternal behavior, I think it's much more likely she'll attack the chicks at worst, or ignore them at best. Her babies are 2 weeks old and who they are is firmly cemented in her mind. Other chicks brought in at this point are more likely to be seen as interlopers, competition for resources than orphans in need of a momma. 

 

Let us know how things go. 

Rachel BB

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #4 of 4
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You guys might have changed my mind :hu

 

I was holding a chirping chick outside today and she tried to kill me.. She's game fowl and has spurs  :cd

 

 

I don't think she's going to let me in the coop even while sleeping 

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