Is it too late to introduce new chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rosawoodsii, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. rosawoodsii

    rosawoodsii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Silkies hatched out two RR chicks last week. Another hen sat unsuccessfully on some eggs, and today I went out and got 6 chicks, about a week old, and put 4 of them under the setting hen. She's accepted them very well, but I'm still debating whether to put the last 2 under her or under the first Silkie. I'd like to put them under the first so they have an even number of chicks.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've done it when the singleton chick was 5 days old, but it really depends on the silkie.
     
  3. rosawoodsii

    rosawoodsii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, on the strength of your reply, and remembering a wonderful NH Red hen I had that raised 2 broods in succession (and this hen had never laid an egg the whole time I had her) and probably would have done more had dogs not gotten her, I put the two chicks under Silkie #1. She looked--startled, but within moments started crooning to them. I checked on them 10 minutes later and there were four little chicks peeking out from under her wings. I'll know better in the morning if it's a success.
     
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    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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