if i put chicks under a broody hen will she take care of them?

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  1. watergoddess

    watergoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the middle of a hatch right now as i type!

    my parents don't want to deal with a brooder in the house again.... i have a broody hen in the barn right now, will she take care of chicks if placed with her? (she is part silky)
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You can certainly try; it often works. Slip them under her at night the day they hatch.

    You can also brood them outdoors, if you have a place they would be safe and can set up a heat lamp. There is no need to brood indoors, which I won't do. In the summer, or fall you probably won't need it longer than 2 or 3 weeks at most. They seem to adjust to outdoor temps faster when raised outdoors.
     

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