Question: What is the best way to get a Broody with a new hatch to accept chicks from an incubator?
Background: I have 12 eggs in an incubator and 4 under a broody buff brahma. They should hatch in about 11 days. The hen's eggs are 1 day ahead of the incubator so her's should hatch a day earlier. All 16 eggs still look good - i'd like to give her the babies so I don't have to set up the brooder.
- What is the best way to integrate them? Should I just pop the 12 from the incubator into her nesting box with her in there? Day vs Night???
- Is 16 chicks too many for 1 hen?