Is it too late to introduce new chicks?

rosawoodsii

Songster
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Apr 13, 2009
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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.
 

rosawoodsii

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
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121
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.
 

gritsar

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