How many can a mom handle?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mccaff mama hen, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. mccaff mama hen

    mccaff mama hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious if anyone can tell me how many babies can one mommy handle? Or has anyone had luck with a recently broody silkie, accepting so new babies? A week ago I has several brooches, a fox got 2 of them and I'm expecting 20 sultans on Friday and would perfer to have a mommy raise them outside. I have a BO raising 10 silkie babies and I don't think she can handle much more? Any suggestions?
     
  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    The hen can only handle as many as she can sit on and keep warm.[​IMG]
     
  3. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody has 8 and that seems like plenty. She could maybe handle up to 12, but I think more than that would be too much.
     
  4. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

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    If you have a BO with 10...that, in my humble opinion, is really pushing it.
     
  5. mccaff mama hen

    mccaff mama hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I have worried about her, but she seems to be doing great! Any suggestions on getting a hen to go broody? Last week everyone was [​IMG]
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I've had a banty handle 14 babies.
     
  7. jadell

    jadell Out Of The Brooder

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    I had an australarp raise 27...there were little heads poking out from EVERYWHERE. She may or may not have stolen them from other mama hens. I couldn't get them from her either. She left the other moms with 5 a piece.
     
  8. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    My broody BO managed 5 chicks like it was no big deal, so I think she could have easily handled a few more than that
     
  9. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try giving her a nest of golf balls and see if she is triggered by them. I just succeeded in putting 3 day old chicks under a new broody. It was a black orp and I held my breath as I tucked an expendable chick as a test under her. She snuggled right in so I gave her 5 others:)
    I really do like using broodies to graft new chicks. Ours came back into lay much faster and healthier if they didn't have to set for a full 3 weeks.
     
  10. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I know Im going to get bashed for this one. Letme say first off it has been really hot here. I had my silkie mother 33 and another frizzle mother 27. Didnt lose one chick. Now my silkie is broody again right now she has 11 chicks and tomorrow I am giving her 15 to 20 more. I have avery nice HUGE doublebrooder just in case but so far this summer its been really warm and I have been brave and lucky.
     

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