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Hip Hip Hooray !!! Broody hen accepts extra chicks!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicknfishn, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. chicknfishn

    chicknfishn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen hatched out 2 chicks a week ago. She is a good mom and seems to be doing everything right with them.

    Yesterday I hatched out another 7 chicks and wondered if I could convince her to accept these chicks.

    After researching here, I put them in a small box and took them out to her broody coop. She was intrigued by the noises coming from the box. I let one chick out and she didn't peck it. (I had previously tried to put chicks under 2 different hens in similar situations and it had not worked). I then put another 2 out and the same thing, she just clucked happily and showed everyone what to eat.

    So now she is a very happy chicken momma with 9 little yellow fuzz balls under her. It is raining here now so I will wait a few days before I let them out in the yard together.

    Yeah!!!

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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  3. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's great! For you AND the chicks,.. what kind of hen is she?
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  4. chicknfishn

    chicknfishn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a Light Sussex from Greenfire Farms. She is 2 plus years old.

    She is set up in her own little coop with a see thru window overhead so that I can look down in and see how everything is going.

    I am really glad that this worked. I brooded 3 batches of chicks in the shop this year and I and my DH really didn't want to do it again this year. The chick dust is absolutley unbelievable! [​IMG]
     
  5. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    The chick dust is absolutley unbelievable!

    Not like fairy dust is it?!
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  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks! Have to remember that method.
     
  7. chicknfishn

    chicknfishn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish that it was fairy dust so that I could fly!![​IMG]
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    It is so much better to have the hen raise them, I don't think I will ever do it again with a brooder. I would not even worry about the rain, she will know when they need to be warmed up, her cluck will change, and they will all gather under her for a warm up, or she will move them inside.

    My broody hen has hers all up on the roost, and sometimes, someone is still sneaking under her wing. So darn cute to watch.

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