Delightful Broody adoption! -Our first!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Haffertee, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Haffertee

    Haffertee Out Of The Brooder

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    Last Thursday we brought our broody Black Jersey Giant hen, "Emu" into the garage with her six wooden eggs that she had been setting on. Around 8:30 pm we swapped out 4 eggs for 4 chicks. K stayed out there in the dark to makes sure they were accepting each other. We were a bit nervous, but they were all well in the morning! 3 days later, we brought 3 more chicks home from the feed store. Late in the afternoon we added these 3 to her brood and took the last two eggs. :) She has accepted all 7 beautifully!
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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    That is a very good mama hen- hang onto her whatever you do. Sometimes they refuse chicks - so she is a VERY good broody hen.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    WOW, that's cool!

    The first 4 not surprising...but 3 days later she took on more?!?!

    I agree, keep her around for sure!
     
  4. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amazing :)
     
  5. kkwinwy

    kkwinwy Out Of The Brooder

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    Very exciting!! We have 8 days to go for my broody hen's first hatch. Fingers crossed!
     
  6. Haffertee

    Haffertee Out Of The Brooder

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    We were quite nervous about the attempt. But she'd been broody for at least six weeks! She didn't seem too impressed at first, but she settled into this like a pro.

    Yes, 2 of the first 4 were 13 days old, and the other two were 6 days old. When we got the other three, one was 8 days old and the last two were 1 day old.

    My daughter was just watching them & eating a graham cracker. Emu looked at her as if to say, "Aren't you going to share?" So she offered her a piece, which she immediately pecked and knocked to bits to share with her chicks!
     
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  7. aart

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