How many chicks can one hen raise successfully?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by the4heathernsmom, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Songster

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    Ok experienced chicken folks....I would like to know the largest number of chicks your hens have been able to raise successfully. I have broodies everywhere and would like to just go ahead and take the hatchlings from the bator and give to them to raise for me but I am uncertain of how many I could get away with. The most I have experience with is 11 chicks to one hen. Please share your thoughts and photos and I have large breed hens. Thanks!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    I've never let mine raise more than 12 chicks at a time. But if the hens are big you could slip in a few more. Just make sure they can fit them all in under them comfortably with a little room to spare for when the chicks grow bigger.
     
  3. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

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    11 is the most mine have raised naturally. They usually loose a few even then, because the more chicks they have the more prone to predators they are.
     
  4. annanimal

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    I had a big hen raise 14 chicks but she was really big so they all fit under her fine, i dont have any pictures, sorry...
     
  5. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    east texas
    yes thank you I am thinking 12 might be the maximum
     
  6. annanimal

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    Yeah, I think that is a good idea!
    How many broodies do you have?
     
  7. coloradojen

    coloradojen Chirping

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    Hi, my friends in Cottageville, SC just discovered one of their hens with 15 chicks! All are healthy and colorful. We are guessing they are a week or under and they are just adorable. The mom is 8 months old, hatched from one of their first hens.

    I wanted to attach a picture but it gives me a message that I don't have permission to create attachments. I wanted to show the different colors.
     
  8. Geep

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    My Wyandotte is raising 12 right now out of the incubator and all seems fine.
     
  9. UThobbyfarmer

    UThobbyfarmer Crowing

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    I had a bantam raise 14! And she would continue to steal any eggs layed around her and add them to the clutch! She had 4 extra-large regular eggs plus her 14 bantam sized eggs before I caught onto that one.
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  10. UThobbyfarmer

    UThobbyfarmer Crowing

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    Here they are all under her. Only 1 pair of little legs poking out.
     

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