broody hens, should I put chicks under?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nurseshelly, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    Hi,
    I have 4 broody Serama hens, all sitting on the same bunch of eggs (3 eggs). They have been sitting tight for two weeks, only leaving to eat and drink. I finally candled the eggs and they are clear. I happen to have some of their eggs hatching (1 last night, two are pipping now). My question is, with four hens, is it okay to put some babies under them? Will they probably co parent, since they have been co sitting? I was thinking it would be best to wait until all three are out, so there will be more of them. But, do you think just putting how ever many are hatched by tonight would be ok? I work Sunday, so I would rather do it tonight and be able to supervise tomorrow. Any ideas?
    Thanks!!!
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    If it were me, I'd go ahead and do it.
     
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I've done before and mamma took them in [​IMG]
     
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  4. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    Do I just put them under the hens wings at night and take the eggs away? Do you think the hens will fight over them?
     

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