Adding incubator chicks to brooder with broody hen and her chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by afj6710, Apr 9, 2012.

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    afj6710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have/had 2 broody hens sitting on eggs. One of the hens is having a staggered hatch (actually both probably will). Her first 4 chicks hatched out and she lost interest in sitting on the others. I moved a couple underneath my other broody hen, then moved the rest to my incubator. I had 4 that definitely weren't viable, 2 hatched on Saturday, and 2 more still in the incubator. The other broody hen had 2 hatch this morning, but is still sitting on about 8 eggs.

    So, we have 4 chicks that about a week old, plus 2 that are newborns, all in the brooder pen. 2 that are a couple of days old in a brooder in our house. Can I put the 2 inside in the brooder pen - basically, will the mama hens accept the incubator chicks?

    And, should I remove the 2 that were just born, so that the broody hen will continue to sit on her eggs?
     
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    afj6710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry, I know this has probably been covered many times, but I'm very short on time right now! Thank you!
     

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