Chicks coming the same time chicks would hatch...can I?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lisa202, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

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    ok, my white EE, Lucy, just went broody today. Coincidentally, I just ordered 5 white silkie chicks...and they will arrive in 22 days.

    So, should I just put them under Lucy when they arrive and let her brood them? Can I give her a couple eggs to hatch herself, and then add these new 3 day old ones when they arrive? Or should I give her golf balls and just switch them out when they arrive?

    If I can do this, it would be great timing....no?
     
  2. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

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    Does anyone know if I can really do this?
     
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

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    i think it would work if you hatch some chicks under then add the new ones you ordered. chickens aren't good at counting, i don't think mama hen would notice [​IMG]
     
  4. Ms.FuzzyButts

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    I have done that before. I let her hatch out her own then added a couple chicks a day after hers hatched. The hen never knew the difference. Worked out great!!
     
  5. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Yes you can! Go for it... and take pics for us. [​IMG]
     

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