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Chick Problem- adding a day old to a clutch of week olds under a hen?

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Ok so here is the situation:

3x one week old chicks + 1x day old chick + one mama hen =?

 

I had 8 eggs in the incubator and only 3 hatched..

But wait.... I had 2 more, put in the incubator a week later.... (long story .. we had a roo and wanted him to fertilize our silkie hen.. he did but we had to re-home him so we wanted to incubate all the eggs we could)

 

Only 3 hatched (incubator went flaky and got "cool" at the end of the hatch 5 died after lockdown. :(

 

Now the 3 are a week old under mama and doing well- they are out from under her and pecking / scratching etc..  

One of the 2 other eggs hatched today.

 

We dont really have a brooder.

 

Is there any way I can slip the chick under her and it will survive.  I know she will adopt it.  she is like that as a mama. BUT the others are so mobile at a week and I dont know if she will just sit on the #4 while the other are out and about in their pen.

 

So should I try putting #4 under her or should I leave it in the incubator for a couple days with food and water and the top propped open for ventilation?

 

Any ideas / suggestions.

 

Thanks.

Thor

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My chicks hatched 4/29 under my hens. I gave her a couple chicks from my neighbor that had hatched 4/22 and took the remaining eggs and put them in the incubator. One hatched 5/2, then another 5/7. Each time, I added the new chick right under the wing of mama with no issues. I now have another chirping in the egg and I'm hoping I can get her to take this one too (I'm not sure why the eggs are so staggered- I think the other hens kept adding to the clutch while she was sitting). So, my point is that, depending on the hen, you can add more chicks. I think it helps that I actually have two hens co-mothering so neither knows how to keep track. I don't know if it would go differently with a single hen. I also think making sure they are dried out and fluffy to match the rest and tucking them under the wing helps too.

I was worried about this last one being able to keep up with the rest but by day 2 it is able to hang with the others even with the oldest already trying to practice flying. They know to run under a wing if they get cold right from the start.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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FYI

Everything seems to  be working out ok.

 

All 4 chicks were outside today running around together and #4 seems to be keeping up.

 

:thumbsup

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