Can you give a chicken chicks if you don't have a rooster?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken 86, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. chicken 86

    chicken 86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Could you let a hen lay on her eggs for a few days and then swap the eggs for the chicks? It might be easier than making/buying an brooder.
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I've done that but only with very young chicks (2 days old). If the chicks are older than 3 or 4 days old, they won't know that the hen is supposed to be their mama and will jump out of the nest box.
     
  3. chicken 86

    chicken 86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Would the hen be mean if you wanted to hold one?
     

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