In the Brooder
- Aug 7, 2012
We have three broody bantam hens (two cochins and one mixed breed). We ordered 12 hatching eggs and not one hatched. Three looked good on day ten, but only two peeped and pecked, but never made it out. We were heartbroken for our expectant broodies. We bought six live chicks today and over the last three hours have placed two chicks under each hen. They quickly settled the chicks underneath them and have been clucking sweetly to them when the little ones peep. They are all very sweet hens, but when I put the second chick under my mixed breed, she went after my hand pecking like crazy, as soon as I got the chick under her wing she fluffed out and settled again. I think she thought I was going to take the first one out. I have been checking on them about every 20 minutes or so and they are all settled and appear happy. Does this mean it is most likely going to work or is there still significant risk that they may reject the chicks? I have them all in separate areas with fresh water and food. Just wanted to see what experienced people thought about how it is going so far. Thanks for any feedback.