Giving Mama New Chicks After Hers Die

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ravie, May 24, 2011.

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    I know it is possible to give a broody hen some chicks for her to raise. Is it also possible to give Mama new chicks after hers die?

    My poor Mama hen hatched and raised her own SINGLE baby for 5 days and it just got killed. I suspect a cat, but am not sure. Mama is upset and is running around clucking and calling. She also stands over the dead baby in order to prevent me from removing it. I feel so bad for her. And for the dead baby too. I'm told the farm store still has some chicks. Is there a way I can give her one?
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    You can try, but that far out she might not accept it as hers and may try to kill it.
  3. AZSummer

    AZSummer Chirping

    Apr 22, 2011
    I would try giving her two. If she doesn't accept them, they'll have a companion. Just watch her close.

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