Can hen who is not broody care & raise chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lazyoranch, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. lazyoranch

    lazyoranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Silkie hen and 5 baby chicks. The hen is not broody right now, but very frequently goes broody. I placed the chicks and the hen in a large box with shavings, food and water. The chicks are loving it. They are under the hen. I am trying to figure out if she is all right with the situation though. She hasn't moved off of them. Three of the chicks are in fact hers that I incubated. Has anyone had a similar experience with a non-broody hen raising babies? Thanks!!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Can she act as a warm body, easily. She's probably wondering why she's in a box being used by small creatures. A silkie might be docile enough not to kill and eat the chicks too. Usually though, it requires the whole hormone change thing to get a mom hen to actually raise them. As in doing things like feed them, show them things to eat, answer to I'm cold type calls, and warn of danger.
     
  3. sugarjax06

    sugarjax06 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just wondering this today!
     

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