Broody ???

Mvan42

Crowing
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Ok I have a broody with one chick(hatched early Wednesday before sunrise). And eggs in the incubator to hatch tomorrow. I know it a risk but I am hoping to give the broody the chicks that hatch tomorrow. Will watch closely at first of course. How long should I wait after hatch to give them to her. I know as soon as possible is best but I want them dry and walking around because of the other chick that is a few days older is already being brought out into the coop run.

I need opinions please. I can also brood them if need be.
 

ashlierami

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Ok I have a broody with one chick(hatched early Wednesday before sunrise). And eggs in the incubator to hatch tomorrow. I know it a risk but I am hoping to give the broody the chicks that hatch tomorrow. Will watch closely at first of course. How long should I wait after hatch to give them to her. I know as soon as possible is best but I want them dry and walking around because of the other chick that is a few days older is already being brought out into the coop run.

I need opinions please. I can also brood them if need be.
Her single chick will be about 5 days old when the newbies hatch ? In my opinion I think it would be best to brood the newbies yourself. Mama may not accept them or may to begin with but the older chick will be stronger and able to get around more. The newbies probably won't be as active as the older chick and may not can keep up if mama is taking the chick out already. I notice in my hens the first 3 days mama mainly sets and the chicks come out but stay under her and sleep the majority of the day.
 

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