I need help figuring out how to best raise chicks, I would like to do so naturally if possible

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  1. jimjoedad

    jimjoedad New Egg

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    I have 4 hens 2 roosters and they are 9 month as old. We hey were about a week old and I knew how to keep them warm until it was tii!me to move to their own stall. Will new chicks b better accepted if they come from a hen in the existing flock ? Guess that's my first question.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was a child, all our peeps were reared by our hens and there was never a problem introducing them to the flock.
    As an adult, I've added chicks I incubator hatched (and brooded...then kept them in
    their own coop and run until they feathered out before introductions.)
    I've decided next year to see if any of my hens go broody they will raise their own chicks.
    I've had friends whose hens raised their own chicks even late in fall(Most of them had sneaked a nest somewhere) and raised their babies with no special care or having a brooder to keep warm and clean.
     
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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays! If you have a hen that is broody, letting her hatch and raise the chicks is often the easiest way to add to your flock, there are some nice articles in the Learning Center on using broody hens you might like to check out https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
     
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