Can you introduce new chicks to a hen that already has chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Snownow, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. Snownow

    Snownow Out Of The Brooder

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    About half a week ago I sneaked three chicks under my Ameraucana hen. Yesterday one died and I decided to get two more. Will she take to the new chicks as well? I have another broody but I have doubts about her. Should I try it and place them under the Ameraucana? Let me know....
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the new chicks are about the same age and coloration, there is a good chance she will accept them. I would try giving them to her during the day (only if the new chicks look very much the same) and see what happens ( hold the chicks near the hen. When they peep listen for the hen to cluck-calling them. Then try giving her one. You will know immediately if they're accepted. ). If that's a no-go try at night.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Only she can answer that! I'm thinking that they would graft to her most likely within the first 48 hours. And only if they are just a few days old themselves. Wish you the best with it.
     
  4. Snownow

    Snownow Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! The hen has adopted them and all is well.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    That is awesome. That hen is worth her weight in gold. She's a wonderful broody!
     

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