How to get chickens to adopt new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DaJoshes, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. DaJoshes

    DaJoshes New Egg

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    Hey about a month ago three of my hens all went brody at once. They sat on the eggs and three hatched and they imprinted on my hen named Dusty. After that, another chick was born and no one had anything to do with it and it ended up being pecked to death because none of the moms would take care of it. A new chick was born yesterday and I went to check on them this morning and it was laying in the middle of the run without a mom taking care of it and a new chick is being hatched right now. So, my question is how do i get the hens to take care of their chicks???????

    PLEASE HELP
     
  2. Tigger123

    Tigger123 Out Of The Brooder

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    It would be difficult to get them to look after the chicks if they have no interest and are getting pecked badly, I would separate the chicks that are being pecked altogether straight away.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You need to remove any hatched chicks from this point on and brood them yourself. When your hen left the nest that was it. Many times multiple broody hens on a nest cause confusion and not every hen wants chicks. Also you should mark all eggs at the start of incubation and remove any added eggs to avoid a staggered hatch.
     

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