Can non-broody hens be given Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Just a kid, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Just a kid

    Just a kid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2016
    Hi! Today I bought 3 white crested polish chicks and I was just wondering if they can be given to my hen Baldwin. Baldwin has accepted chicks in the past and is often broody. Around 2 weeks ago she was broody. I'm still new at chicks so I wasn't sure if I should give them to her or not. Thank you anything is helpful!
    Just a Kid
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Being broody is what kicks the hormones into gear to accept the chicks. If she's not broody, I'd not try giving her chicks as it will likely not go well.
  3. Just a kid

    Just a kid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2016
    Okay thank you for replying so quickly! I will raise them with me. Thank you for the help!
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop

    X2, a hen that is not in the broody state of mind is highly likely to see, and treat, chicks as interlopers and has the potential to do great harm to or kill the chicks, at the very least she will not provide motherly care so the chicks would succumb to the elements

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by