Lonely bantam

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheSarahdactyl, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. TheSarahdactyl

    TheSarahdactyl Just Hatched

    Feb 19, 2017
    Hello everyone. This is my first time posting, so I apologize if I'm not putting this in the right forum.
    Recently my old flock was killed by raccoons, so I got some new chicks to start over. A friend of mine had a broody bantam she gave me since her flock was beating it up and we thought the broody hen could benefit from new chicks to care for. Wrong. She started pecking them relentlessly to the point of making one of them crippled. So, I separated her into a separate coop. Now I'm worried about her being alone. I don't know if I should get some fertile eggs for her to lay on, or try again with the chicks, or get another bantam hen. I just feel so bad for her. Any solutions or advice?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    Wait till the chicks grow up a bit about 4 weeks or so then they will be fine with her.
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  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    Is she still broody? I wouldn't try again with the chicks, personally.
  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    You could get her some hatching eggs to sit on.
  5. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    Try a stuffed animal
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Well, was the bantam broody still broody once you brought her to your place?
    Did you wait until she had been setting at y our place for a week or so before giving her the day old chicks?
    That would be the best scenario....and maybe why it didn't work.
    Best of the broody has been setting for quite awhile before 'fooling her' with chicks.
    Chicks must be just a day or maybe two old or neither they nor mama are likely to bond.

    But now I'd keep the bantam and the chicks penned next to each other, but separated by wire, to let them all get used to each other before physical introductions are made.

    P.S. Love your screen name.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
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