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Can I give new chicks to a hen that already has 2 day old chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chiko, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I have a Bantam hen with 3 new chicks. And I'm thinking about giving her 7 more. Will she accept them?
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:I have done this a few times with my bantams but only adding a few more. Id be a tad nervous with adding 7 more:( Thats just me though. If you put them in with her at night. stand guard for a while and make sure she takes all of them. BY morning they should be ok. I gave a broody momma who hatched out 1 chick on her own-put 17 babies under her I had just shipped in and she raised them all like a pro! She was a GLW big fat girl [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  3. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a black austrailorp who hatched four chicks. I gave her five more that I had hatched in an incubator, they were three or four days old at the time. After a few nervous seconds of her staring them down, she raised up a little and they all wiggled under her. No problems at all.

    -S
     
  4. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    Great:) Thanks!
     

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