1 hen and 8 chicks? is it possible to introduce a hen with chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by scs287, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. scs287

    scs287 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Fort Collins,CO
    HI All,
    I have 8 chicks that are about 3/4 weeks old. I just saw a beautiful white silkie hen on craigslist and it spiked some curiousityy-- what would happen if I put a hen in with my chicks? Would she hurt them?

    Thanks in advance for your answers!
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I wouldn't do it for quarantine reasons.

    But in general, if it is a Silkie,hen, they are pretty mellow. She does have her own chicks to protect however, so may be less inclined to mother older less mellow chicks if they pick on her brood.

    I think you would be safer housing them apart through a quarantine period, then gradually moving the groups closer until they get used to each other.

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