Day old chicks and broody question TIME SENSITIVE!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chocobo, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So today is the 21st day my BO hen has been broody.
    Unfortunately I was out of town when this started so I wasn't able to get any fertile eggs under her.
    But at my local feed store this morning they had 24 hour old Red Silkies from Ideal Poultry and since today is when fertile eggs WOULD have hatched and they were adorable I bought three.
    They are currently in a cardboard box under a light with food and water but my question is what is the best way to introduce them to the hen?
    I have heard that it is best to slip them under her at night but at what time at night?
    I wasn't expecting to do this so my broody is mixed in with two other chickens in a 4x4 coop/tractor with a 4x10 run.
    Would it be better tonight to bring the chicks into the the tractor or bring the hen into the house/garage for a few days?

    Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.
    I will also update with pics as soon as I can [​IMG]
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Try it a couple hours after she goes to sleep. For the chick's safety, it would be best to have the hen separate, but I am not sure if it would disrupt her broodiness by bringing her inside.
     
  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'll leave them in the coop at least for tonight to see if she takes them in.
    How will I know in the morning if she has accepted or rejected them?
     
  4. onebigglo1

    onebigglo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I'd say if they are following her around, she accepted them, if they are dead, she didn't.
     
  5. AllyJane

    AllyJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Updates?
     
  6. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put them under her last night but so far only one has come out to get a drink before going right back under.
    How long does it normally take for them all to come out looking for food/water?
    They were eating and drinking a lot yesterday during the day.
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were out drinking and eating yesterday They should be fine. Mom should soon be leading them out.
     
  8. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they started coming out on their own to eat and drink.
    Everyone appears in good health and spirits. [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  9. AllyJane

    AllyJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good job on the mothering! :D


    It worked out, your hen is beautiful! :)
     
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    She still has that broody zombie look but she'll be up and about in a couple of days. It takes them a little time to snap out of it and be an active mom. Everyone looks good!
     

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