Hen and excepting baby chick.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RuffandReadyRanch, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. RuffandReadyRanch

    RuffandReadyRanch New Egg

    Jun 22, 2011
    Will a hen except a baby chick that has hatched a week after she hatched several eggs. We finished the process in an incubator and did not know if it has been to long for her to raise this chick with the others.
  2. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    It really depends on the hen. Some of them are Ultimate Mommies and will accept a chick that's younger than the rest, but many of the hens I've known won't, so it's a gamble. One thing to consider is that a very young chick probably won't be able to keep up with the other chicks, and could end up getting lost or chilled. The other concern is that the older chicks might bully it, or push it away from the food. Keep a close eye on the situation; it has potential to go poorly.
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma

    I agree with the post above. Some hens will take any chick or they will reject them it is a gamble but watch it and have a brooder ready for just in case!


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