Giving 4 week old chicks to broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by arlann, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. arlann

    arlann Just Hatched

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    Hey all! I was given 4 baby chicks that are about 4 weeks old. I have a silkie hen that has been broody about a week. We moved her to a secluded area away from the flock to sit. We would like to give the babies to this mama to raise but are they too old? I've googled around and found good things about giving broody hens 1-2 day old chicks but haven't had success finding anything on older chicks.

    Thanks!
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    4 weeks old is just to old---Neither will probably accept the other. Brood them in a set-up brooder---they will be perfectly fine with you being their Mother!!
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    No, that will not work.....The Chicks are way to old to introduce to that Hen.....;)

    Cheers!
     
  4. arlann

    arlann Just Hatched

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    Dang. It was worth a shot. I don't mind raising them. It's the integrating them into the flock that always makes me nervous. I always get a little too attached. Oh well. Can't be helped. Thanks y'all!
     

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