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Brood Hens and Hatchlings

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DGiossi, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. DGiossi

    DGiossi New Egg

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    I have two new hatchlings and a broody hen sitting on a small clutch for 10 days. If I put the hatchlings in with her will she stop sitting on her clutch?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Yes, she will abandon the eggs to take care of the chicks if she accepts them. If you want to try this, switch out the eggs for the chicks at night. Be aware that she may not accept the chicks and kick them out from under her and refuse to take care of them leaving them to die, or even potentially kill them.
     
  3. DGiossi

    DGiossi New Egg

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    thanks for the reply. They are Serama's and my incubator success rate is about 50%. I am going to pass on setting them with the broody then. The broody has 5 eggs under her and is 11 days in.
     
  4. DGiossi

    DGiossi New Egg

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    I have 2 silkies that are about 2 weeks old. Do you think they would accept to little seramas with them. I hear that Silkies are very gentle and naturally like babies?
     

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