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Adding more to flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Caroline1601, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Caroline1601

    Caroline1601 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, so I got my first ever chickens in April (Pekin bantams) and would like to get some hybrids. I'd love to hatch them from eggs and use one of my girls as their surrogate when she next goes broody,
    1) can I do this?
    2) what do I need to consider? I.e will I need to separate them from the others and will I be able to integrate them all again?
    I've done no research to date so please help me out with any info you can
    Caz x
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    A broody doesn't care whose eggs she hatches; she will hatch and raise them, if her instincts are good. There are lots of ways to do this. I prefer to separate the broody while she is setting (incubating) and let her and the chicks loose with the flock when they hatch, so the chicks will be integrated a few weeks later when the mama stops mothering them. But that's just one way. Here is an article, and a post by an experienced member here, just as a reading sample:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/guide-to-letting-broody-hens-hatch-and-raise-chicks

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/693407/broody-bird-what-to-do/0_20#post_9400530
     

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