I have two broody hens laying on eggs....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texascorgi, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and just got my shipment of chicks in. Has anyone ever replaced the eggs with the chicks? How did it work out?
     
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You can try putting a few under each hen at night, but get out early the next morning to see what is happening. Some broodies will accept chicks willingly. Others won't.

    How far along are the eggs they are sitting on ?
     
  3. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    about 2 weeks. I marked them about a week ago with a marker and keep pulling out the ones without marks.

    I will probably just let them lay and see if they hatch and hand raise the babies so that they are somewhat tame.

    Do I just pick them up everyday? My last set of babies were not this small.
     
  4. newdock

    newdock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had three broodies this spring. I had someone give me 6 meat bird chicks from their order of 50. I didn't really want to brood them, so I gave each momma 2 chicks. I did it at night.

    After I gave them the chicks, I snuck back out after about 15 minutes with my flashlight. One of the little chicks was wandering around, cold and crying. :eek: I gave it to one of the hens that seemed to be accepting the 2 I gave her.

    I went back out again in about 15 minutes with my flashlight and there was another chick wandering around, cold and crying. :eek: I gave that to the hen that was doing well with hers as well...

    In the end, all 6 chicks ended up with the one momma hen. She was a banty and raised her meat birds in a separate pen for about 4 weeks until they were HUGE and didn't seem to need her anymore. It's not like she could keep them warm!! LOL She went back into the main pen and fit right back in with the rest....

    So, I guess my advice is, do it while the momma is sleeping and be prepared to check on them several times over the next hour or two with a flashlight and then early in the morning and over the next day. If they make it through that, then they should be fine!

    Good luck!
     
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Handle them all you want. A little lovin' isn't a bad thing at all.
     
  6. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool. They are in my bathtub right now on dog potty pads. I will post pictures soon. They are so active but still freak out when the toliet flushes.
     

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