Better to brood with a hen or in a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tkdmommy, May 16, 2016.

  1. tkdmommy

    tkdmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2015
    Jersey Shore
    We had to rehome one of our chicks that we brooded because it turned out to be a cockerel. We are going to the farm for a new pullet- since we are only getting one or two are we better off letting a broody hen take care of the chick or putting them in a brooder? I have a broody silkie & a black Jersey Giant.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    It all depends on whether your hens are broody at the moment, and even if so, it appears that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Personally, i would go with a broody, but I would advise that you get at least three chicks, in case one dies (a lone chick will not thrive and be a happy camper).

    Best wishes

  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Get at minimum two chicks, please! A lone chick will have a perennially hard time in life with no mate. They derive self confidence at this stage in life from being with their fellow chicks.

    You Silkie would be the better broody. The Jersey Giant might squash it with her ponderous weight. Unless it is also a JG like her. But as CT points out, it would be disastrous unless a hen is really broody, and she has to have been broody for a couple to three weeks for it to work.

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