giving day old chicks to a broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jbb23, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. jbb23

    jbb23 Hatching

    Jan 20, 2007
    I have chicks en route from the hatchery and just realized the 2 broody hens I have might be able to raise them for me.
    One did a batch of her own (and others') eggs last year successfully, the other is broody for the first time but seems to be persistent.
    The hens have both been sitting in the nest (I've been trying to break their broodiness) for ~10 days but I haven't left any eggs under them. Do they need to sit on eggs before the chicks arrive or can they go from broody to mommy in 1 day flat?
    Is there a max number of chicks per hen?
    Suggestions about how to introduce them?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Since they are not on eggs and have not hatched a chick I would not try to put hatchery chicks under them. They are more likely to kill them than to brood them. Brood the chicks yourself.
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I think every situation is going to be different. I have hens that will mother any and all, and i have had broody hens that i think would kill a baby if you let em. You just need to try introducing them when you have time to watch for a while and be sure she will have them. I got 2 baby BLRW's yesterday, both about 4 weeks old-ish......and my my broody silkie hen(not on eggs) lets them snuggle up under her wing and loves playing mom. Good luck to you........I think its always good to have a silkie hen around [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008
  4. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    my broody had to have some help with her first borns.. and 1 day away from her made her forget them. she tried very hard to kill them before i got them out..
    to reward her she got an ice bath two or three dips and back in the penn. she lost em all. made me mad..
    and my intellect is about as hers... jdy

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