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Getting a broody to adopt chicks

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I have a broody who is sitting on a fertile clutch. At the same time, I have eggs in my incubator. I had to do it this way because I ended up with more fertile eggs than the broody could handle. They are due to hatch within a couple days of each other. I'm wondering how to get my broody to adopt the incubated eggs should any of them hatch. Any insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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if you got the broody to accept the incubator chicks she would leave her eggs

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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if you got the broody to accept the incubator chicks she would leave her eggs

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4H Member and backyard chicken keeper! I keep bantams, standard, fancy and regular layers, and everything in-between! I also keep Cotournix quail, Button Quail and Pigeons!
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Slip the under her bottom at night. She should accept them. I gave my broody hen two batches of day old babies two spring in a row. Worked well both times. Supervise her for a bit to make sure she accepts them
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