Adding chicks to a hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Truecelt, May 24, 2016.

  1. Truecelt

    Truecelt Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2013
    Verona, KY
    I have a hen that went broody on a single egg. I decided to let her keep it, and she hatched it out 4 days ago. My friend gave me a couple of new hatchlings today that I'm hoping I can introduce to Amy (hen) so that Solo (chick) has some buddies. Is it worth trying to put them under Amy tonight? What is the likelihood she'll accept them? She is very protective of little Solo. She is still sitting on two infertile eggs, I was thinking maybe if I take those and replace them with the chicks she'll think they hatched over night?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    A lot depends upon the temperament of the hen. Most hens strongly bond to their chicks in the first day or two and are quick to reject 'strangers'. I would be very cautious if the new chicks are a different color from 'Solo'.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by