Originally Posted by Wishing4Wings
Originally Posted by lindalouly
Originally Posted by granny hatchet
of course I didnt write it down but less then a week to go.
Do you trust your reflexes? you can bring them close and see if she tries to eat them....
The couple of times I've tried it with chicks didn't work. I think they weren't close enough to the 21 days. They would have killed the chicks if I had left them. People say to go in at night and try putting them under. When I tried that, the hen freaked out like a mouse had gone under her. Maybe if you go out with ducklings in a small box, and she can hear them peeping and see how she reacts. I think it is very individual. I know someone with a hen who will take chicks without being broody first.
I've put chicks under a broody. It worked like a charm. I also gave her extra chicks from the brooder and she took them too! She was a good one. I lost her to the raccoon.
I saw amerecauna/silky hatching eggs for $5 a dozen. Same lady who sold me the EEs last year. She said they're excellent broodies so I'm thinking of trying a dozen or two for the EHAL.