cdluvschicks

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 16, 2010
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My Cochin Banty just hatched her first batch. She hatch 3 large sized chicks. Two weeks ago I hatched 2 banties and 2 hybrid chicks in my incubator(another broody abandoned them after 2 weeks sitting). I'm wondering if I can give them to her to raise? The 2 week old banties are the same size as her new babies but they have feathers on their wings and the 2 hybrids are bigger with wing feathers too. I've been keeping the 2 week olds in an aquarium in the house with a desk light and can continue that until the grow up but I'd rather my Banty raise them... Should I give them all to her or just the banties, as they are the same size as her babies? How should I do this? This is my first time with broodies. Any ideas and opinions are welcome.

Thanks
 
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Tiramisu

Got Mutts
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May 3, 2008
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I don't really know on this, some hens might accept new chicks and others will reject them.


Hopefully someone can answer better than I can
 

cdluvschicks

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 16, 2010
15
0
22
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Thanks for the reply.

I gave them to her last night and today she is loving them. I thought maybe they were to old. But every thing's OK. When I walk up to the chicken tractor they all run for cover under her and she make 'purring' noises to them. It's the cutest thing ever! I love my broody she is a great mother!!!
 

hinkjc

Crowing
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Jan 11, 2007
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I'd agree it varies by hen on how they will respond to older chicks. I'm glad to hear it worked out with her.
 

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