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I want to introduce two Black sex links to the one year old flock I have.

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I have a flock of four New Hampshire Reds and two Dominiques.  My son begged for two Black Sex Link chicks.   I wonder how long before I introduce them to my broody hens?  I have heard that Black Sex Links can be loud.  I hope not my current flock is quiet except for egg song.  Do you think the sex links will make my the rest of my flock more vocal?

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"I wonder how long before I introduce them to my broody hens?" Not quite sure what you mean by this. Do you have broody hens with chicks? Or do you have broody hens setting on eggs? Or do you have broody hens setting on nothing?

 

The thing about hens and chicks, is that they need to be put together as soon as possible so that the chick makes the attachment to the hen. The chick needs to figure out that under the mamma is a good place to be. This is an instinct that wears off as the chick ages. So if the chicks are less than 3 days old, but better if they are less than two days old, this will still work, and if they are older than that you are pretty much stuck with a brooder box until they get some size on therm.

 

If you have a broody hen setting on nothing, then get the chicks under her as soon as possible.

 

If you have a broody hen with chicks that are much older than the chicks you just bought, you are stuck to the brooder, I don't think it will work.

 

If you have a broody hen sitting on eggs that have not hatched, and you add chicks she will probably leave the eggs and take care of the new chicks.

 

As for noise, I have never thought the sex link birds very noisome, but different people tolerate different things.

 

Mrs K

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Thank you the chicks are maybe a week old, I tried introducing then to my hens,  The chicks did not know what to do with the hens, and the hens did not know what to do with the chicks.  They kept looking at each other.  So I tried putting them in in the COOP with the broody NH red. She got off the eggs she was siting on and started getting real loud almost like a alarm call.  So I took them out of the COOP and she quieted down.

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The easiest way to graft chicks to a hen is, as Mrs. K said, do it when they're just a couple of days old and slip them under her at night. If you do that, you need to be out there at first light to see if she accepts them. If she doesn't, she may kill them. She would also likely abandon the eggs she's setting on. At this point, I think you're stuck with a brooder box and further separation until they're old enough to defend themselves from the hens. At the age they are now, I don't think they'd take to a broody trying to mother them.

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