Hen adopts 3 month old cockerals.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dharmachick, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Dharmachick

    Dharmachick Songster

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    I have a 2 year old Chocolate Orpington hen who suddenly decided to take over the 8 week old boy chicks that my bloody was done with. They are now over 3 months old, and she sleeps on them and feeds them and worst, still attacks other chickens who come near the boys. Is this in any way normal? What should I do?
     
  2. Dharmachick

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    Broody, not bloody.
     
  3. ButtonquailGirl14

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  4. Dharmachick

    Dharmachick Songster

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    She didn't even hatch them!
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    I've had that happen multiple times.
    I currently have a hen who wasn't broody but took over a brooder with about 30 four to six week old chicks.
    About 3 years ago, another hen put herself into a brooder house with about 40 chicks of various ages. I think I have a picture somewhere.
    Another time I had a lone cockerel about 10 weeks of age. I put six, one week old chicks with him. After he stopped freaking out finally being with other birds, he adopted them and would attack my hand every time I reached into the brooder.
    I really think he was thrilled to have friends after growing up alone with a mirror and feather duster for company.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019
  6. Dharmachick

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    Lol, that's hilarious!
     
  7. casportpony

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    I have a few hens that do this too.
     
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  8. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I'd love to see that pic!
     
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  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Pics... or it didn't happen! :pop

    Thanks for all the shares, I have not yet experienced this kind of wonderful (and possibly frustrating) hilarity. :cool:
     

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