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Can I add more chicks to hen with older chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bac151, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. Bac151

    Bac151 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a serama hen with 8 chicks that are about 2 weeks old and I had 7 serama eggs in the incubator that just hatched. Has anyone tried having the hen adopt more chicks with success?
     
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    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen should attack the new chicks. Raise them separately and combine the groups when they are added to your flock.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Rarely, some folks with super broody birds like silkies have done this, but overall it's a poor idea. At 2 weeks, momma knows who her babies are and has no instinct to mother any other littles. She's likely to see them as competition for resources and attack them.
     

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