Are chicks who are raised by a hen less friendly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by michellerene, May 17, 2007.

  1. michellerene

    michellerene Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Graham, WA
    I think what I would like to do is wait for one of my hens to go broody, hopefully next spring/summer & get some fertile eggs for her to hatch (and then just find homes for the inevitable roosters! [​IMG]). There's a farm just down the street from me that sells hatching eggs. I think it would be really fun to watch the babies being raised by a mama hen. I wonder, though, if the babies will be as friendly as the ones I'm raising? Will they learn from their mama to trust me & end up being just as tame, or will they stick to mam like glue and stay away from me & grow up afraid of humans?

    What is your experience with this?
  2. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    LOL! Michelle, I was thinking about that, and nearly posted about it tonight! Glad you put it up here, and can't wait for the replies!
    Last edited: May 17, 2007
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I found that my chicks raised by hens are skittish... but then again, the hens that have gone broody aren't the sweetest ones eather....

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