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Hen raise store bought chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nukingfutfarm, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Nukingfutfarm

    Nukingfutfarm New Egg

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    I only have one hen left... she is very broody and feeling lonely. My local feed store has a bunch of new chicks, and I want to buy some babies. What are the chances that my broody hen will raise the babies?
     
  2. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    Slip them under her during the night when she Is sleeping! She should do fine!
     
  3. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done it. Just make sure she's been sitting for a couple of weeks first. Good luck!
     
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    I do this pretty regularly. Just make sure you do it at night, and you have time to check up on her a few times in the first few hours.
     
  5. Nukingfutfarm

    Nukingfutfarm New Egg

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    So she just came off a few weeks of brooding. Will it still be okay to put them in with her? Do they have to be the same breed?

    I will make sure I add them at night.

    Thanks a ton!!
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    If she is no longer sitting on the nest and acting broody, I'd not attempt it. People who have tried it under those circumstances found that the hens attempted to kill the chicks. If she is still sitting and full on broody, just do it under cover of darkness....remove the eggs, place the chicks. I've done it several times with 100% success.
     

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