How soon after going broody can you give chicks to a hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DeadDogClub, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. DeadDogClub

    DeadDogClub In the Brooder

    May 15, 2014
    I have a mutt chicken in my flock who has been guarding the nest boxes for about a week and today I found her in the community nest box with her egg and two stolen from other hens. She has been in there all day (so far) and is super cranky.

    I just hatched out chicks in the house here this week. I would consider giving her the Roos to raise.

    Do chickens have a biological clock? If I slip week old chicks under her, will she be suspicious?


  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    All you can do is try. I've had hens take chicks over a week old.

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