Can I fool a broody hen with day old chicks???

tinarose2001

In the Brooder
6 Years
May 11, 2013
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I have a hen that's been broody for nearly a week and I'm wondering what would happen if I bought a few day old chicks from the feed store and stuck them under her while she's sleeping. Has anyone tried anything like this with any success? Or is it just a bad idea...any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. We actually want a few more hens so I thought this would be a great solution to both problems but I'm new at this and haven't dealt with broody hens before.
 

Percheron chick

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 12, 2013
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I just gave a 2 week broody 6 5 day old chicks. She squished one but the 5 remaining are doing great. I would let her sit a little longer and make sure she is dedicated. Spend the week building a space just for her away from the flock. Letting a hen raise your chicks is way less work.
 

JekkaLynn

Songster
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
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Ontario
Me and my mom did this all the time when we use to raise chickens together. We had one silky that got to raise about 6 or 8 babies a year because she would go broody every couple of months and refuse to leave her nest without a chick or two. She was an amazing mother though and never lost a chick.
 
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