Can week old incubated hatched chicks be introduced to a broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Keziah12, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Keziah12

    Keziah12 Hatching

    Sep 6, 2014
    Hi im a newbie to forums so im sorry if I have posted in the wrong section. Im also relatively new to keeping poultry as well. Ive had ducks since may and Silkie hens since the end of July. I have incubated some of the fertilised Silkie hens eggs and out of 9 I have 6 healthy and growing chicks, since hatching one of my hens has become broody and is sitting on 4 eggs. My question is can I introduce the 6 hatched chicks to her or will it unsettle her. Thanks
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    You can try, but be prepared to bring them back to the brooder if she doesn't accept them.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I wouldn't try it, myself. The hens can't really count to 21, but they have some sort of internal clock that tells them it's too soon for that to be their baby, if they've not been setting long. Plus, at week old, the chicks are already independent and may not bond to momma, causing unpleasantness when she thinks they should be minding her.

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