Help! Mom wont except babies!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by americana-chick, May 28, 2011.

  1. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    We received 2 new baby chicks today so i figured maybe my broody hen that has chicks at about the same age as the new ones would except the new babies. I tried putting them in with her and she likes the dark colored one but the yellow chick she pecks at. What should i do?! I cant put them in a brooder and raise them myself because we are leaving in a few days... is there any way i can get her to except the yellow chick?
  2. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    Did you try putting them under her at night? Then when she wakes in the morning she won't realize they are new. Hope that helps.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Or you could try dying your little yellow chick a darker color with some kool-aid. Its a long shot, but if the chick stands out because its a lighter color it may help. So long as you don't mind an oddly colored chick. Good luck!
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Quote:How could i do that?
  5. ralleia

    ralleia Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    Quote:Hey, I was gonna suggest that! [​IMG]

    There's a whole thread about dying a chicken here:

    agree that it's a long-shot, but it's worth a try. It's so much easier to have all the chicks reared by a momma hen--they take care of everything and you don't have to worry about introducing a half-grown chicken to the general flock later.

    I also had a hen that wouldn't accept any light-colored chicks (would peck at them savagely), but at the time there was another hen that accepted ALL chicks.

    Give it a try--we'll all be very interested in learning how it works. Make sure to use a dark color--dark blue, purple, or red--red should show up black in black & white.
  6. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    I really like the idea of trying to dye the chick but i just think this hen has something against them. I have a white silkie hen that went broody a few weeks ago and she excepted the yellow chick, the only problem is, i dont have anywhere to put her with the yellow chick. should i take out the hen with the baby chicks and put the silkie in there? the chicks are very bonded to the momma but do you think they would bond with the silkie right away? and will the other momma freak out without any babies?

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