Merging groups of chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by math ace, May 25, 2012.

  1. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I have a hen that went broody at the same time I was filling my incubator with hatching eggs.
    She hatched 5 chicks and my incubator hatched 19 chicks.
    The chicks are now 3 weeks old.....

    Here is the issue, I don't want to move the hen back with the old flock. I want her to stay with her chicks. PLUS, I want to add the other chicks from the incubator to the mix. . . . I have one large pen that I want to dedicate to the mommy, her 5 chicks, and the incubators 19 chicks.

    Are there any words of advice? I know I could mix the chicks without too much trouble. The mother hen still being in the mix is where I am concerened... Do I wait until the mommy is sick of being a mommy? I don't want the mommy being nasty to the new chicks...

    Thanks for words of advice [​IMG]
  2. Give them to the mother when she is asleep. Most hens will raise anything! Ive seen a hen raisng a goose.
    Good luck!

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