Momma chicken- baby runners----?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by waterbird15, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. waterbird15

    waterbird15 New Egg

    May 22, 2009
    We have 6 cochin feather feet chickens in a large coop. One bird has been broody and sitting on unfertilized eggs for about 2 weeks. She had hatched out chicks in the past so she knows the drill. We just ordered 25 more cochin chicks (we only want about 6 but the minimum was 25. we have other homes as they grow) and we are getting 4 runner duck chicks. The idea is to take the mom on the dud eggs and and switch out the eggs for chicks. The number will be a challenge but lets say that isn't an issue and the mom takes care of everyone nicely,

    will the baby runners be accepted just the same or will mom know and not want to care for them?
  2. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    Not sure about that one but it seems like it would be possible!
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    For one bird to care for 29 babies is a big ask. You may need to keep them in an area where you can provide heat- as the hen will not be able to cover them all. She may except the ducklings- it has happened before- but it really depends on your hen- try it and see how it goes- but also plan for what you will use as a brooder for the brooder- and also some of the chickens if necessary.

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