Broody Chickens, adding chicks. Help.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sandy sea, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    )My two cochins have been broody for three weeks. { I do not have a rooster } Tomorrow I am planning to pick up 4 or 5 baby cochins chicks from the feed store. I would like to try to place the new chicks under the hens with hopes that they will accept them as their own. Will it work? How do I do it? I have never done this before. Do I try it in the evening? What about the other 4 chickens in the coop, do I need to section them away from the chicks? Help.
     
  2. eggcochin_freak5

    eggcochin_freak5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cochins should take them
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I'd think that nighttime woudl be best so that they awaken & go "oh, look at my babies that hatched over night!".

    I'd also keep the other hens away from the chicks until "momma" adopts them officially.
     
  4. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes you need to seperate them,unless you have a very large coop,put the babies under her at night ,if she is clucking she will take them
     

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