is it too late to put chicks under broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by YRuthie, May 6, 2016.

  1. YRuthie

    YRuthie New Egg

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    My cochin went broody 1 week after I got day old chicks. they were born April 20th and are in a dog crate in my kitchen. I'm guessing it is too late to introduce them to her.....If it is not too late do I have to separate them from the other hens? Also the chicks are Ameraucana if that matters :)
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try at nightime to see if they will bond.
    I am not sure if they will it might take a couple days. But they will love her nice warm chest to cuddle under


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  3. YRuthie

    YRuthie New Egg

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    Thanks! Will I need to keep the other hens in a different coop? Will they attack the babies?
     
  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will attack the babies cause they probably haven't been around chicks enough to not kill one.
    How did the bonding go?
    Sorry for my 3 day response


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  5. YRuthie

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    3 Days!!! No worries[​IMG] As you can see I don't get to my computer much...Now to answer your question; I did as suggested and I slipped one chick under my brooder and all was calm... in about an hour I slipped the second one under and [​IMG](this little emoji is how my brooder looked upon "slipping" chick # 2 under her) After the "bug eyes" she jumped out of the nesting box, flew up to the roosting bar and started sounding an alarm ! If she had not been so unhinged it would have been funny. Of course I had the advantage of knowing what was happening. I had never heard her freak out like this before....I'm fare at understanding chicken talk . I think her alarm was something about hatching 'giant alien chicks!
    Then she jumped down and was trying to peck at the chicks[​IMG] [​IMG] so I separated them. Now the chicks are 7 weeks old and at least they have each other. Two days ago I had put the chicks in a dog crate and set them wire to wire with the big girls to see if it upset anyone...all quite in the western front. So in two days I am going to try to introduce the "new" girls to the old...at night...with a flash light at the ready[​IMG] Time will tell!
     

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