Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by eggspert, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. eggspert

    eggspert In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2012
    My Coop
    can I trick a chicken into ''adopting'' some chicks? can i just put them in, and she will think they
    are hers? ( she is broody and we don't have a rooster)

  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Yep! That can work. It's best if you introduce them when she is sleeping. The chicks should be only a few days old.
    Good luck!
  3. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Songster

    Mar 13, 2013
    That's kind of a difficult one to answer because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It depends on a couple things.

    #1 How long has the hen been broody? It should really be at least sixteen days before you try. They do roughly know how long it takes .

    #2 How old are the chicks? They should only be a few day's old.

    #3 What time of day is it? I always have the best luck if you slip them under when she is sleeping.

    # And last but not least the hens personality. She may or may not except them no matter how hard you try. I have had hens kill chicks before(sometimes even there own) so if you don't want to take that risk I wouldn't try it. Other times it works out great and the hens never even know that they didn't hatch out the chicks

    Good Luck! [​IMG]

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