How long to wait to provide day olds

pontoosuc

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Hi Everyone,
So a hen is broody for the second time this season. She is a great hen and accepts day old chicks to raise that I get for her., about 3 times in the past. It's October and she is now broody again. It's been about a week. When can I introduce the day olds? Should I wait at least two weeks do you think? Really don't want to wait the entire 3 weeks. She is a very serious broody.
 

DobieLover

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Hi Everyone,
So a hen is broody for the second time this season. She is a great hen and accepts day old chicks to raise that I get for her., about 3 times in the past. It's October and she is now broody again. It's been about a week. When can I introduce the day olds? Should I wait at least two weeks do you think? Really don't want to wait the entire 3 weeks. She is a very serious broody.
If you've successfully grafted day-olds to her in the past, you could slip a few under her at the 2 week mark. Or you could just break her.
 

Monem

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Sep 7, 2020
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Hi Everyone,
So a hen is broody for the second time this season. She is a great hen and accepts day old chicks to raise that I get for her., about 3 times in the past. It's October and she is now broody again. It's been about a week. When can I introduce the day olds? Should I wait at least two weeks do you think? Really don't want to wait the entire 3 weeks. She is a very serious broody.
It is highly recommended to hold on until at least two weeks are past other than that you are putting the chicks at risk.
 

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