Intro chicks to surrogate

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sharondoright, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. sharondoright

    sharondoright Chirping

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    any and all tips welcome as I prepare to put 2 day old chicks under hen who has been solid broody for 2 weeks. I know ... night time, stealth mode, no light, no noise. I have heard to wipe chicks with damp sponge... and to watch mama to be sure she doesn’t kill babes. What about my human scent on babes, how to sneak them in if she is not sound asleep... I have been out a few times after dark, but she is not willing to let me candle her eggs, even well after dark, so I am concerned she won’t go sounds asleep. Thanks so much for your tips.
     
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  2. KahKaDoodleDo22

    KahKaDoodleDo22 In the Brooder

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    I wouldn’t wipe down the chicks. Just do it late at night, 12pm or later and slip the chicks under mama hen on her back side. Under her wings towards the back. They’ll figure it out. I Wouldn’t talk at all. And once you put the first one under give it a minute and see how mama reacts. If she seems to accept then add the rest and do it quickly then give her a few minutes alone with them and check back.

    I just did this. It was the best thing I ever did. It was my first time too and an experienced lady gave me that tip. Worked like a charm!

    My mama hen was broody for 51 days and none of her babies hatched. The first batch was a swapped nest so I isolated her after that. She’s a buff Orpington and has been absolutely amazing. Really a cool thing. Good luck!
     
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  3. sharondoright

    sharondoright Chirping

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    Thanks! I am thinking to do just what you said. I have seen so many varied suggestions, but most say do it quiet, in the late dark night. I hadn't considered speed. so I will bring all 8 babes with me in a deep pocket, and start with one. I can sneak off to the side and watch for a minute. how long did you give before adding the other chicks?
     
  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Never wiped chicks down but stuffed em under my silky after they start sitting on eggs
    3 times yes at night very clam quiet
     
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  5. sharondoright

    sharondoright Chirping

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    Mama hen is ready... I hope! She is just SOOO grumpy - and sitting in front of her nest bucket, so I might have to "distract" her if she is awake - while I put chick over and behind her. Like a snake charmer!
     

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  6. sharondoright

    sharondoright Chirping

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    BRoody hen is now mama hen. She’s has bonded with all 8 chicks. Moved them to floor of roost area today, with a couple of place so for them to hide out. THis has been so exciting and fun to do!
     

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