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How many broody days until new chicks can be put under hen?

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I apologize if this question has been asked but I didn't quite know how to phrase the question to search for the answer.

 

I have a broody Australorp who raised chicks for me last year.  She is a great mom and beginning to go broody again. 

How many days does she need to be in the "broody mood" and sitting tight until I can put chicks under her?  

I realized chicks would normally hatch in about 3 weeks but would she know if I put chicks under her in 2 weeks? 6 weeks? 

Last year I didn't pay attention to how long she was broody before putting chicks under her so it could have been 3 weeks or it could have been a lot longer......

 

I'm asking because I might be able to get Speckled Sussex chicks from Agway the week of June 6.

 

I have been otherwise unable to find SS chicks.  Our local hatchery is closing.  If anyone knows where to find good quality SS chicks I'd love to know.  I'm having a hard time finding them.

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In my experience the closer to 21 days or longer the more readily a hen accepts chicks.  Experienced mothers are generally more flexible and will accept chicks somewhat earlier.

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thanks Sourland.  I will wait a few weeks.

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One follow up question.  If we buy chicks from Agway they will be a few days old when we get them home.  Would we have a better chance of success with day old chicks sent through them mail?  Agway has SS this week, but we are on a waiting list. So if someone doesn't claim their chicks by Sunday we can have them.  I think that would make the chicks several days old because they have already arrived at the store.  Or am I missing something.

Would this be more risky than day old chicks?  She was a good mom to the mail order chicks last summer.

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The issue with older chicks is that they may not bond to the Mama.  

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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