Hen adopts older chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lishah2000, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. lishah2000

    lishah2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a silkie baby that has been delayed since it hatched. It does well for a bit, then gets weak. A bit of special care and it does better again. The last time I brought in inside for a little over a week and it got very strong. It's been doing well and mostly staying with the two roosters (who seemed to be caring for it). It's old enough to be weaned now and the hens (they had multiple moms) have already weaned the other chick.

    I noticed a few days ago it was a bit weak again, but still doing ok - but I had a broody hen get off the nest (I have been taking the eggs) and start taking care of this chick. At first I thought it was just a fluke, but she is treating it like a baby chick. This hen has been broody once before, but never hatched any chicks. She is very young herself.

    It's good for the chick to have a hen looking after it, but so different. A lot of my hens will accept babies from hatch to a few days old, but not this old.
     
  2. Prisserbabe

    Prisserbabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken coop
    AWWWW! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Pics please? [​IMG]
     
  3. franh

    franh Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats what a lovely story [​IMG]

    Def pics would be good
     
  4. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics please [​IMG]
     
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what a cute story. How sweet is that!! Is the broody a Buff?
     
  6. lishah2000

    lishah2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Best picture I could get quickly. The hen is a silkie/banty cochin mix

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  7. jengro65

    jengro65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love hearing stories like that. Thank you for sharing:)
     
  8. lswatson111304

    lswatson111304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow beautiful Hen and Chickie! They are gorgeous!
    Yay for a good mama!
     
  9. curious1969

    curious1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a wonderful story...now they are both happy [​IMG]
     
  10. ring6992

    ring6992 Out Of The Brooder

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    What a great story! It even looks like it could be her chickie [​IMG]
     

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