Is it possible to give 1 broody hen 2 different age clutches?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Staciaw755, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Staciaw755

    Staciaw755 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a hen that has 5 (3 week old) Silkie chicks. Is it possible to give her som day old wyandotte chicks?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Possible? Yes. Would I try it? No.

    You just never know with so may things chicken.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I think the age disparity is too great. I gave a hen chicks a week apart and it worked but by 3 weeks they're pretty independent and day olds need a lot of motherly attention which she may not be attuned to or care to do after brooding for 3 weeks.
     
  4. country chick1

    country chick1 Out Of The Brooder

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    i gave my silkie hen, who has 2 x 3 week old chicks, a day old who's mother rejected it, the silkie hen ran and hid behind the waterer...so i had to bring it inside and put it back under the original mother late that night, she now loves the little chick,
     

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