giving freshed hatch chicks to their momma hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pefferlawchicken, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok its day 19 and i have 3 old english game birds cross belgian d'anver banty eggs about to hatch out of my incubtaor. i was wondering if i bring the hen who layed the eggs into the house and gave her the babys if she will take care of them ?? i have heard she will somtimes but i want to check with you guys first . comments [​IMG]
     
  2. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably not.....but that's just my guess.

    ETA: She has no clue those are "her" chicks.
     
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  3. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone else?
     
  4. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she were presently broody, you might be able to trick her into thinking she hatched them, but otherwise it's not worth the bother.

    Though, I did once have a Buff Orpington pullet adopt a much younger Rhode Island Red chick. She learned to cluck while mothering him. But, you can't count of that kind of thing happening.
     
  5. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok well ill bring her in when they hatch and see what happens but i dont plan on putting those little ones in the coop with her ill leave them in the brooder, thanks for the comments:)
     

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