Any chance my (not broody) hen will adopt newly ordered chicks?

HollywoodHens

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 24, 2010
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Hollywood, FL
Last September one of my hens went broody, so I ordered her some fertilized eggs which she successfully hatched. She was a great chicken mommy and successfully raised all of the babies, who are now 4 months old. We're ready for more chicks, so I placed some dummy eggs in one of the nest boxes, and stopped collecting eggs from another, but she hasn't gone broody yet. I ordered chicks for delivery next Monday anyway...and I'm hoping that I can get her to adopt them...any chance?

Shall I put the babies in the coop with her (she's a RIR) and see what happens? Or am I better off putting them directly into a brooder? (there will be 25) It was so easy having the chicken be mommy, that I'm not really too keen to do it myself! Any advice is appreciated
 

HollywoodHens

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 24, 2010
16
0
32
Hollywood, FL
I ordered day old chicks this time...not hatching eggs. I wouldn't order eggs till I had a broody hen...then again, if I had a broody hen I wouldn't have to time my order around our vacation, because the hen would be doing all of the work!
 

Olive Hill

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
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Unless by "adopt" you mean peck to death I would go the brooder route.
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