Chicks with broody hen... I think?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CrystalWho, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. CrystalWho

    CrystalWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got chicks and we also have a hen that we THINK is broody. she seems interested in the chicks but won't adopt them. The chicks are now to big to stay inside so we locked the supposedly broody hen in the rabbit coop with the chicks. It's for the night then we'll let them out in the morning. Is that a good idea, or should I run out there and take the hen out?
     
  2. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    Well how old are they? Usually the chicks will not accept the hen if they already went through their first meal, and drink and have had a few days to be in an artificial brooder. The hen also usually accepts chicks that are young. This is from my experience with incubator chicks under hens. I usually put chicks that have hatched in the last 48 hours under hens that have been sitting on unfertile eggs for a few weeks.
     
  3. CrystalWho

    CrystalWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are about a month old, though I was more worried about the hen hurting the chicks.
     

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