2 week old chicks and a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by christwodog, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. christwodog

    christwodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2017
    I've got 4 2-week old chicks, getting ready to put them in the coop add-on as soon as they are 3 weeks old (it's very warm here, 90's during the day, 80's at night) and also have a broody hen. Should I put her with them when they go into the add-on? Would there be any benefit or would it be detrimental for either? She usually stays broody for a couple of weeks at a time, I was wondering if I gave her some chicks, eventhough they aren't newly hatched, would that affect the length of time that she likes to be broody? Thanks everyone.
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Do not recommend "putting" the chicks with the broody UNLESS you separate them with a partition or wire cage. I've read you can "sneak" newly hatched chicks under a broody at night but still need to keep a close eye on them. Has she hatched/raised chicks in the past? I, myself wouldn't but then others are probably more experienced than me in this department.
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    She is unlikely to accept them. They definitely won't see her as mama.
    The chicks and hen imprint at hatching and the 2 to 3 days after.
    They won't know to listen to her or go to her for warmth/safety. She is likely to see them as intruders. Being broody makes hens more reactive to intruders.
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They can go out now...but separated by wire from broody and other birds.

    Too bad you didn't give them to her when they were day olds,
    would have killed 2 birds with one stone... so to speak hahahaha!
  5. christwodog

    christwodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2017
    Yeah, I guess it was just bad timing, she just now decided to be broody a couple days ago. So I will stick with the original plan and put them in their separate enclosure. Thank you so much for the replies, it helps alot!

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