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How Old Can Baby Chick Be and Still Be Adopted by Broody?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Barry Natchitoches, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I just had a seven month old pullet go broody on me two days ago.

    Meantime, I am going to a dairy farm tomorrow to pick up five four day old chicks.

    Will these chicks be too old to slip in with the broody tomorrow night after lights out?

    Do you think she's likely to adopt them?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd try it. They can reject them when they're day olds, and sometimes they adopt them when they're as old as 3 or 4 weeks. Just depends on the hen.
  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I had an OEG that went broody on me, and for the life of me, I could not break her! So, what is the next best solution? Chicken math. Buy more babies, and stick them under her. The feed store still had some, but they were two to three weeks old. I stuck them under her anyway, and she accepted them, and nurtured them like no other.

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