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Adding chicks to a hen?

post #1 of 5
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I have a hen that went broody on a single egg. I decided to let her keep it, and she hatched it out 4 days ago. My friend gave me a couple of new hatchlings today that I'm hoping I can introduce to Amy (hen) so that Solo (chick) has some buddies. Is it worth trying to put them under Amy tonight? What is the likelihood she'll accept them? She is very protective of little Solo. She is still sitting on two infertile eggs, I was thinking maybe if I take those and replace them with the chicks she'll think they hatched over night?
I live with 4 Irish Wolfhounds,1 Master Cat, and rotating chickens.  Also, a lovely ginger daughter and son, and a VERY tolerant husband!
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I live with 4 Irish Wolfhounds,1 Master Cat, and rotating chickens.  Also, a lovely ginger daughter and son, and a VERY tolerant husband!
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post #2 of 5

It should work. Replace the eggs tonight and put the chicks under as quietly as possible. Come morning, she should accept them as her own. :)

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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post #3 of 5

I agree. As long as the new chicks are young she will probably take them.I even have a broody that is raising a turkey for me!

post #4 of 5
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The new chicks hatched late last night/early this morning. So far so good. I put them under Amy around 10:30pm. She readjusted herself and settled back down. It's about 1 am now, and I just went out to check and everyone is quiet and happy.  I'm hoping I'll see Solo and his two new siblings wandering around with Amy in the  morning. Fingers crossed!

I live with 4 Irish Wolfhounds,1 Master Cat, and rotating chickens.  Also, a lovely ginger daughter and son, and a VERY tolerant husband!
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I live with 4 Irish Wolfhounds,1 Master Cat, and rotating chickens.  Also, a lovely ginger daughter and son, and a VERY tolerant husband!
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post #5 of 5

Glad it sounds like everything is working out so far! If the new chicks are only a few hours old and Solo is around 4 days, you might have problems with the younger ones not being able to keep up with mom. Keep an eye on them this first day especially if possible. Hope everything goes well! :)

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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