Adding feed store chicks to existing ones under hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OldMcDnld, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five 1 week old chicks under a broody. Can I get a few more from tsc and slip them under her at night successfully?

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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unlikely she will take them.
     
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  3. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a bummer. We were hoping for more than 5 but had only a 40% hatch rate (shipped eggs)

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  4. jas humbert

    jas humbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really depends on the broody. Some will not, but some will. I have a broody right now raising two chicks who are almost two week apart in age. One is now 6 weeks and one is 4 weeks. I had incubator problems and a dissapointing one chick hatch and did not want to leave him by himself so I gave it a try. Momma Silkie was originally sitting on 3 eggs and only one hatched. She's a great momma and I have had zero problems with the age difference in the chicks.The big one doesn't pick on the little one and momma keeps them both in line. BUT some broodies aren't even good with their own chicks let alone new ones, so if you decide to try it, keep a close eye on them at first and have a backup plan for raising the chicks if she won't take them. . .
     
  5. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have heat lamps on hand so I'll probably just let her raise her 5

    I'm almost positive about one being a roo and three being pullets.

    The yellow/brown stripped one is the only one that can go either way imo
     

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