Curious about introducing chicks to a broody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Beldenfarm, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Beldenfarm

    Beldenfarm In the Brooder

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    Has anyone bought day old chicks and just put them under a broody chicken at night? I'm wondering if this would work in the spring for me. I have 2 Cochins and one silkie.... One is bound to be broody because they are known to be momma wannabees! I want to know if the momma will accept and raise chicks plopped under her!!!

    Also curious, what if the hen isn't broody but I still put chicks under her at night in the nest box. Will she adopt them anyways? Any thought or stories would be appreciated!!!
     

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Don’t stick them under a hen that is not broody. Odds are pretty good she would kill them.

    A whole lot of us do things like that. Odds are really good she will accept them and raise them if she has been broody a while. Just slip them under her after dark. They are living animals so no one can give you any guarantees, you have to be prepared to raise them in a brooder if it doesn’t work, but it almost always works. It’s a good plan as long as she is really broody.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    A broody hen, one that's been setting for at least 2 weeks or so, is pretty likely to accept chicks.

    A non broody hen, or one that's only been broody a short time, is quite likely to kill chicks. I've had 2 month old birds killed by adult hens, and those were old enough to at least try to run away.
     
  4. LeviS

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    That's terrible! One would think that after they tried to get away, the older hens would have left them alone.
     

  5. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Songster

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    We have a little bantam hen that stayed on the nest for about three weeks. We purchased a newly hatched chick from a local feed store (had just hatched there within the hour). -brought it home and placed it under her in the nest box. She immediately tucked it under her wing. -was a very good mother. We placed the chick underneath her as soon as we got it home (and it was still daylight).
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  6. LeviS

    LeviS Songster

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    Lol at the innocent little chicken face and then the "I'll rip your hand off if you touch my little fuzzbutt" on mama
     
  7. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Songster

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    Yes. She wanted me to get out of her space with the camera!
     

  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope, read a lot of integration threads. Introducing chicks younger than 4ish months is a really good way to get dead chicks.
     
  9. Ramp45

    Ramp45 Hatching

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    I have a broody hen that I want to introduce chicks to. She is in a nest box that if off the ground. If I put them with her how will they get food and water? Will she take them down to the ground? Should I put food and water close to them?
     

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