Broody hen not accepting added chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by heichickens, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. heichickens

    heichickens New Egg

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    I bought 7 fertilized eggs for my broody hen & only 2 hatched. We thought why not go to the feed store & buy some chicks (that happened to be the same age) & broody will raise them. NOPE! I was shocked when she went after them & started to peck at them very aggressively. I never thought the broody would attack the chicks. I now have them separated: broody & her 2 chicks in our chick area & the extras in a small cat carrier at night & in a make shift small pen during the day.
    I have introduced the 2 chicks to the extras & they are fine except they peep peep peep because they're away from mom. Day 3 and the broody hen is still pecking at the extras (thru chicken wire).
    My questions are 1. should I continue to have small introductions with all (keeping them separated) and hope the broody will eventually accept the extras? 2. should I remove the 2 chicks, add them to the extras & raise them with out the broody? 3. If I do #2 how long will it take the broody to move on?

    I don't have tons of room (or time) to keep them separated. Anyone have this experience?
    Thank you
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    It is very doubtful the hen will accept the extras at this point. I would leave the two with the mom, and raise the extras separately. Don't do #2. It is very stressful and hard on both mom and chicks. How old are the chicks?
     
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  3. TheKindaFarmGal

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    And welcome to BYC!
     
  4. Sandy001

    Sandy001 Just Hatched

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    Adoptions are best done at night, sneaking a chick or two under and being as quite about it as possible, in fact don't even turn a light on or say a word.
     
  5. heichickens

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    all chicks are 8-10 days old.
    Thank you for your response
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Too old for the mom to take them. When adding chicks to a broody hen, they must be one or two days old max, and she should still be in the nest with no or few young chicks. Hope all turns out well.
     

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