Adding new chicks to hatching eggs/Broody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bragabit, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. bragabit

    bragabit Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    Southern Utah
    My shipped eggs are supposed to hatch between Wednesday and Friday. I have baby chicks coming from Welp on Friday. I have two Broody hens that have been sitting on my shipped eggs. I only have 12 eggs and I don't expect more than 6 to hatch. So with that said, one hen is a Buff Orpington and the other a black bantam. How should I proceed in giving the mommy hens some additional chicks? How many chicks can each mommy hen have??
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I've got 15 with a Black Australorp right now. She is doing well with them. I have seen as many as 18 with a barnyard mutt hen. I don't know how big your bantam is. Not sure how cold at night it gets in Southern Utah this time of year, but as long as the hen can cover them all when they are about 2 weeks old, you should be fine.

    I don't know what your set-up is. I've had success giving chicks to a broody setting on plastic eggs at 4:30 in the morning. I've also had success removing a broody from her nest with a few chicks, putting those few chicks in a box with other new chicks I want to give her, then letting them all out at the same time in their new enclosure. They are living animals and about anything can happen, but most broodies will accept the new chicks without too much trouble if they are about the same age as hers. Just try to mix them in with hers some way so they don't especially stand out.

    Good luck!

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