Introducing Older Chick to Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickeneer45, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. chickeneer45

    chickeneer45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a five week old silkie chick that has been living alone in the brooder for a week and I have a broody hen. Three chicks hatched today, and I was wondering if I could try integrating him in with the other chicks... What are people's opinions on this? I am not so much worried about him being rejected by the mother, but of him being a bully to the little baby chicks that he is around... Let me know your opinions. Thanks.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You won't know how it will go unless you try it -- so I would supervise, which is a bit tricky because it's best to put new chicks under a broody at night.
     
  3. ChickieG'ma

    ChickieG'ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 I gave 3 additional chicks to a broody who had 2 which were one week old and she did fine. Because of the advisability of supervision I did it in the evening while there was still some light and she accepted them so well I just left them with her for the night. If you do it after she's asleep be sure to check on them early in the morning in case there is a problem.
     
  4. ChickieG'ma

    ChickieG'ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, I should have said the broody's chicks were new and the chicks I added were one week older. [​IMG]
     
  5. Dawns Funy Farm

    Dawns Funy Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a five week old chick? i really dont think she will accept it . i think she will more likely attack it to keep it away from her new hatched chicks . maybe a pen next to each other so it feels close to the flock and the babies get a little older.
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