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Broody Hen NOT Accepting Chick...*Help*

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NicolleJean, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. NicolleJean

    NicolleJean Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,

    My Blue Sumatra has been broody for give or a take a month. I gave her a fake egg because she was "stealing" my other two hen's eggs. I brought home a chick tonight for her to foster and it did not go so well. The chick is less than a week old (only a few little wing feathers on her). Here is what I did and I am hoping I can still make this work. What needs to change?

    - Moved hen into her own little area with chick feed and water.
    - Waited until it was dark out and took her fake egg and tried to place chick near her.
    - The chick ran to the water/feeder and didn't seem too interested in nestling up with mama.
    - Hen started making noises that she makes when we disturb her and then proceeded to peck at chick.

    We moved the chick into a brooder for the night until someone can give us some feedback on how to make this work better. I can't get another chick and don't want this one to be raised alone. Please send some advice!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Well you are boxed in a corner. You don't want another chick, and don't want one raised alone. I guess what is left is to find someone who does want a chick or return it. Tell them you don't want a refund you just want to give the chick back.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with the advice given by D/Diva.

    Best wishes
    CT
     

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