(quote)... it's how my grandma did it ....didnt realize it was unusual
Heck, I have never had any luck, and I thought the four-day- old chicks I tried to get a broody to adopt were too old. I believe what I have read is anything over 4 days old to a week the Mom won't adopt. You and your grandma both must truly be chicken whisperers.
I had no idea...heck I even remember my aunt doing it with some chicks... I do know the broody hen has to be deeply broody...if they are on the fence about it no go....and if the chicks are to far along... well I am glad she is a good mama :)