Broody chickens, are the little ones too big to introduce as babies?

GardenGal

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I never thought our two busy banties would go broody, but now that we went out and bought chicks the hens are sitting happily on their eggs!

My question is, our new chicks are a month old, are they too big to sneak in as babies?

We have a new coop next to the old one ready to go, with fencing in between so the flocks can get to know each other.

Thanks!
 

FireTigeris

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I never had any luck doing that over two or three days old (some people can get it done at almost a week if all they have seen is the other chicks), the problem is the chicks are done, 'imprinting' and won't know that momma hen is trying to help them.

They will not stay with her.
 

GardenGal

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Ah, good information. We'll stick with the original plan then. Watching chicks in their run will probably stop the other two from being broody anyway! Crazy girls, they're always up to something!
 

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