Hens raising hatchery chicks

Melisse

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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?
 

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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
 

Melisse

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I was thinking that too but I guess I needed to hear somebody else say it.
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was hoping to let her do the work instead of me.
 

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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.
 

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