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Can a young hen adopt 2 weeks old baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nounoushe, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Nounoushe

    Nounoushe In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2017
    Sorry if my question seems stupid im new to chickens completely , so i have young sex-links and longhorns not sure yet if all females or rooster in the group... They're about 2 months old. I just got another batch of chicks maybe 10 days ago from Tractor Supply, And i noticed one chick is chirping and desperately trying to go under the other bigger chicks. I feel so bad for him, at i certain point i felt like he is not going to make it. I do have a heat lamp on at all time. But was wondering if i put them with the bigger gals maybe i one of them would be their mom? I dunno :(

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not normally.
    I've had cockerels of about a month or two of age, mother chicks. But an older hen usually won't adopt them unless she has been broody.

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