Sounds perfectly normal. First, she really didn't sit on her "eggs" long enough to be switching from "sitting on eggs" mode to "taking care of chicks" mode. Secondly, the chicks were a little bit older. Thirdly, it was her first clutch, so she really didn't know what to do with them and didn't have that 24 hour period when the chicks were out of the shell but resting to switch her brain over and figure out what to do. Lastly, this isn't really an easy thing to do. Grafting chicks always requires an element of luck.Wanted to give an update.....found out chicks were 2 days old and tried last night very late to put chicks in and within less than a minute she was attacking them so pulled out left them in same box but seperated and kept her quiet and isolated with just sound of chicks etc all day hoping the sound of chicks put her in mama mode and out of mean broody mode. Tried again tonight and same thing. So no mama and she got put in kennel with no creature comforts except food and water done with her mean ol tail...anyone else had this happen or is it something I did?
How many chicks should i try to graft? my broody is a Golden Comet and it's her first time. I ordered a bunch online. Barred Rocks, Leg Horns and Rhodes Island Reds, 5 of each.I have been very lucky slipping chicks under a broody. However, I have always waited until it was pretty darn close to the 21 days of broody.
When the broody begins to hear the cheeps, her voice should change, and she should begin talking to the babies. It helps if the babies are a little cold, cause they will burrow into that nice warm spot, and stick tight like a tick in there. I just slip them on her back, and they disappear.
For best results, get as freshly hatched chicks as possible, as they need to do their part, and get the mama imprinted on their brains, and stick with her. The broody should be broody for at least two weeks.