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call me crazy...just put day old chicks under a non-broody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by haTHOR, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. haTHOR

    haTHOR Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Near Asheville, NC
    we shall see if i have a great hunch or should be put away for further endangering a critically endangered breed.

    just put six black java chicks under a big old fluffy-butt black java hen that was acting weird and sitting in the nest box when i went to put up birds tonight.

    i thought she was going broody. knew it was not "long enough" to be broody to give her chicks but dang if i don't want to have a mama raise these day olds for us. hell, half of them are actually hers and the other three are her sister's babies.

    anyway, i noted that she was in the nest box acting strange, and went in and got my day olds from the brooder. went back out and found she had laid an egg. had been trapped in the garden most of the day and couldn't get to the nest box and held it i guess. anyway, i gave her the babies and she spread her wings and took them under her. i sat with her for 40 minutes and she looks serious about it. it is full dark out. i went and checked again and no issues. she's spread out over them like a tank.

    gonna go out and check heavy early in the morning; sit down there with my coffee, etc. just in case. when do they actually wake up enough to notice the chicks under them anyway?

    she's never been broody before. i feel crazy for giving it a shot but i think they'll be safe during the night, and i can always save them if need be in the morning.

    anybody else done this with success? or...failure and carnage in the a.m. after a hen took them at night no problem?

    i just wonder if her taking them through the night means she is more likely to adopt them come morning, despite not actually being broody...could create a hormone shift...
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010

  2. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My limited experience was that the "broody" was not broody for real and abandonded her brood the next day, just sorta wanders off from them. Good luck with it, if she is really broody, she might make a great mamma. I'd keep them in a brooder though if I wanted them to survive for sure. I have had a hen set on eggs for a few days, then slipped out the eggs for chicks and it worked just fine. She didn't even go thru that emaciation stage at all.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    It would be a miracle, but miracles do happen.
  4. haTHOR

    haTHOR Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Near Asheville, NC
    yeah, i know. worth a shot, but i'll be out there BRIGHT and early and the brooder is staying up and ready.

    edited to add--and by bright and early i mean dark and early.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  5. HyLinda

    HyLinda Chirping

    Jun 14, 2010
    Warrens, WI
    Will check back in the morning to see what happened - Good Luck [​IMG]
  6. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Songster

    Jul 11, 2009
    I just put 9 chicks under a month old and she is not broody either. It can be done. Good luck. [​IMG]
  7. Firearia

    Firearia Songster

    Quote:[​IMG] A month old!

  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    So, how did it go last night? [​IMG]
  9. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Quote:I am wonder the same thing!! As we wait for haTHOR to hurry up and answer the much awaited question..

    I'm gonna join desertdarlene, where is the rest of that pop corn:/

  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca

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