Hen took 3 week old chicks!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farmgirl2477, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. farmgirl2477

    farmgirl2477 Songster

    Apr 2, 2007
    Oviedo, FL
    A week ago a friend brought me 4 Americana peepers. Judging from thier feathering I figured they were 1.5 to 2 weeks old. I tried to get a hen to take them, but after going through all 4 of my broodies, I gave it up and left the heat lamp. Even tried the night time trick...they were all well and fine until morning.

    Well Thur night my heat lamp bulb died!! Knowing it was going to be dropping to 60 degrees in a few hours I was desparate. I grabbed a sleeping broody and stuck her on top of them, figuring that would atleast get me until the next day when I could get a new bulb. That next morning I went to check on them and Pebbles was still on the chicks but in a different place. I check on them alittle later she was sitting on them in yet another place.

    I watched them carefully for a few hours and relized the Pebbles way trying her hardest to play mamma, but the chicks were just plain clueless [​IMG]. It took all day of Pebbles trying, and me putting the chicks under thier new mamma, but they finally figured out what she was there for [​IMG]

    Just had to share... DH just doesnt understand LOL

  2. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Aww! Cute mental image! [​IMG] Maybe if you get a boy baby from the clutch you could name it BamBam! lol (Sorry, I just HAD to say it!) [​IMG]
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Awww, thats a cute story...so glad she was able to get them to figure it out! They should be just fine now! Congrats!
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Great story!! [​IMG]

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