Chick lose mom to predator - will another hen adopt them ?? 3 weeks old chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wdnboat, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. wdnboat

    wdnboat Hatching

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  2. wdnboat

    wdnboat Hatching

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    Let new mom out with chicks out today and came home to find no mom and chicks in with the rest of the flock in the coop. Chicks are small enough to get thru fence. So my question will another hen adopt them or do I need to raise them separately. 2 chicks. Thanks for input.
     
  3. luvmypets

    luvmypets Songster

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    One. Are u sure mom was eaten and 2 another hen wont adopt them, you need to raise them.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Place chicks under another broody hen with chicks tonight. Bonding must succeed both ways. Check interactions first thing in the morning / dawn. Some hens more inclined to adopt than others so requires a try and seen effort. Do not attempt with hen not currently with chicks.
     
  5. If the orphaned chicks are smaller and younger than the chicks belonging to the surrogate mother there is a greater likelihood of success. Hens seldom tolerate chicks that pose a danger to her own biddies.
     
  6. wdnboat

    wdnboat Hatching

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    Thank you but no other hens have chicks so was wondering if another would step in and play mommy duty but it doesn't look like it so far.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    You are more likely to succeed with a rooster than a non-broody hen. Fire up your brooder.
     

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