Hens raising hatchery chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Melisse, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Melisse

    Melisse New Egg

    Aug 16, 2016
    Pfafftown, North Carolina
    I have had backyard chickens for 13 years. After 12, I took a break for a few years and have been back for a year. I have heard that you can put chicks under a broody hen and she will raise them. My hens have always hatched their own, but I am ordering chicks from a hatchery cause I couldn't find the breeds I wanted around here. One hen hatched chicks about 5 weeks ago and still goes in the nest box with some of them at night. Can I give her the new ones at night and have her accept them?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great to hear you are now back into keeping chickens. As your hen has been raising chicks for the last 5 weeks I would think she will not accept new chicks right now. You can usually get away with adding chicks under a broody hen when she is still sitting or when any chicks have just hatched. For me personally adding new ones to her now would be a risk.

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. Melisse

    Melisse New Egg

    Aug 16, 2016
    Pfafftown, North Carolina
    I was thinking that too but I guess I needed to hear somebody else say it. [​IMG] was hoping to let her do the work instead of me.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined this wonderful community. Best of luck with your poultry!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree, I think it would be very risky to add new chicks to her. Besides her chicks are old enough to not need her, she could be dumping them any day now.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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