Letting a Broody Hen Interact and Raise my five day old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Peacefulchicks, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Peacefulchicks

    Peacefulchicks New Egg

    Mar 31, 2017

    I have a broody hen who is sitting on her nest box no matter how many times I do the broody breaker methods I've read about. I have some five day old baby chicks. Can I put her in with them and allow her to raise them? There are six of them..mixed breeds and they are in their own Brooding box away from the hen house.

  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    Probably want work----but some hens might accept them. How have you tried to break the broody? I have broke many----never failed to break one.
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I'd bring their peeping beaks nearby and see how she reacts. If she calls to them and leaves the nest, you have an exceptional broody. But more likely, her brain is set to hatch mode and she'd attack them if you tried to put them under her. Sometimes it works with new hatches but you have to know your hen.
  4. Peacefulchicks

    Peacefulchicks New Egg

    Mar 31, 2017
    She's a very mellow gal and allows me to pick her up from the nest box and hold her and pet her head, etc.... She is determined though to lay and lay and lay...been two months already and I've tried the wire cage broody breaker twice. I thought I'd let her fulfill this need if possible but I don't need any more chicks at this time for her to hatch on her own.

    Thanks for the tips. Any help is wonderful!

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