Broody hen and baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by juliejohnson805, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. juliejohnson805

    juliejohnson805 Songster

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    i have 6 5 day old chicks I just received yesterday. What are the chances my BO that’s just gone broody would take care of them? What would be best way to do this is you think it would work?
     
  2. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

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    The chances of the hen accepting the chicks are very low if she has not been broody for at least 2 weeks. Also, the chances of the chicks bonding to the hen are very low due to their age. It's best to foster 1 to 2-day old chicks to a broody hen.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If they are 5 days old and she has only been broody a couple of days, I agree with @song of joy. The chances of them becoming a 'family' unit are minimal.
     
  4. Chang1993

    Chang1993 Chirping

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    Here’s my crested cream legbar x silver phoenix pullet hatched at 6 1/2 months old. She lay blue eggs.
    A824644F-5CE2-4CAB-B822-0017ED67650B.jpeg Here’s her again:
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    The chicks father is a Black Sumatra. This is the chicks real mother.
     

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