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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All you can do is try. I've had hens take chicks over a week old.
     

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