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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by watergoddess, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. watergoddess

    watergoddess Chirping

    Aug 19, 2012
    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 Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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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