Adding extra chicks under a broody hen

grahask

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jan 27, 2014
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My hen hatched 6 chicks on Friday (3 days ago) and I had several very late hatches in the incubator today. Would she likely accept the incubator chicks if I slipped them in with the rest of her brood late tonight? She's a very docile, friendly Australorp. Any advice???
 

SIMZ

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 29, 2011
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Northwest Indiana
It depends on the hen. I've had a hen do this just fine, but I also had a hen kill a chick that I tried this with. Definitely slip them under her at night and I think it will be fine.
 

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