Broody girl and one week old chicks

Silver Chick

In the Brooder
May 11, 2015
I have new Hampshire hen who has gone broody for the past 2-3 weeks. She only started laying about a month ago and is determined to hatch these eggs. I can't find anyone in my area with fertile eggs so I was wondering if it is a good idea to put 1 week old chicks under her while she's not looking. I just wanted to know if it is a good idea or not. Will she reject them? She would be a first time mother as well so I was unsure. If yes,I have a breeder near me selling some silkie chicks so should i buy two or three?

Thank you -


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
South Georgia
She would probably take 3 day old chicks if she is truly broody, but week old is more of a gamble. If I bought them, I would be prepared to brood them myself. If you try it, put them under her at night, a bit after dark.

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