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Brooding with a chicken

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lovedog, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. lovedog

    lovedog Hatching

    Apr 8, 2009
    Hi, we're new at this and built a chicken tractor. My 2 Bantams have been laying eggs almost daily and seem content. Can I put a just bought baby chick under my chicken to brood?

  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    No, you have to wait for them to go broody. You will know because they will not leave the nest and they will growl and puff up at you when you try to pet them. Then you can try and put the chick under her. Though not all hens will accept a chick.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Just wanted to say that I totally agree with Year of the Rooster about not adding the new chick to your 2 layers.

    Personally, I wouldn't even introduce it to your other girls until it was close to the same size as they are so it can defend itself.

    Chickens don't like change and the poor baby would more than likely get picked on (badly).

    Out of curiousity, do you know what breed your chickens are?


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