Broody adoption

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AGCB, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. AGCB

    AGCB In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    I have a broody hen that's been on eggs for 4 days but I candled them and see nothing. I think they were cold for too long before she started.

    I can locally get some days old chicks and was wondering if putting them under her after she's only been sitting this long will be a problem. I would replace eggs with chicks after dark.

    Does this sound doable? I want to slightly increase the size of my flock.

  2. WiddleChix

    WiddleChix Chirping

    Jul 15, 2016
    I would wait a couple more days just to make sure she is really broody and will be committed to raising the chicks, but if you believe she is really broody and she's been constantly laying on them then I think getting the chicks and putting them under her at night will be perfectly fine... After all, chickens can't count how long they've been sitting on eggs[​IMG]
  3. Plumblebee

    Plumblebee Hatching

    Feb 8, 2015
    I've done this successfully, twice. But I waited 21 days from the day I was sure she was broody. If she isn't ready, she could kill the chicks you put under her.
  4. AGCB

    AGCB In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    I got 5 chicks that same day and waited till after dark and put them under her. By morning she was a new mom but I worried till I saw them peeping out from her wings.

    Now it is going on 1 week and everything is well. I have them in the main coop separated by 1" screen, w/ their own water and food. Hen is very protective.

    My question is, Since these are from a private farm and have not been treated for anything like those you would get from an established dealer, is there anything I need to do to protect their health? I keep the area clean and they now have a nipple waterer for the chicks and a higher up container for the hen.

    Thanks for your input

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