When placing store bought chicks with a broody hen, do you place the chicks under her belly or under her wings. I want to try this for the first time in the spring. I have a silkie who is constantly going broody and I think she would be a good mom. I have heard many success stories of doing this.
Is there any info I need to know, besides putting the chicks with her at night time.
Just after dark I would place them under her sides/front/wings but not under her breast bone and do this in total darkness and in a secured nest(not where the chicks can run off). You can check back on them in 1/2 hr by doing a quick flash of a light----adjust if needed. You do this early in the night so they will have all night to adjust to each other. I would be where I could watch as daylight breaks the next morning(not a hour after daylight--might be to late) in case you have to do a quick rescue. Good Luck
Edited by PD-Riverman - 1/20/16 at 10:37am