Mother adoption help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickers chat, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. chickers chat

    chickers chat New Egg

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    Hello, I have a brahma hen she has one chick that hatched last night and one hatching right now. I got new 8 day old mile fleur chick's and wanted to give them to my brahma is it a bad idea? What could go wrong? Will she kill them?
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Sorry, I have no experience adding chicks to my flock, but hopefully someone with experience will be by to offer suggestions.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Some hens will happily accept new chicks and others won't so you really won't know unless you try. If you are going to add them to her do it at night when it's dark so she and the chicks are settled and quiet. Gently slip the chicks underneath her and see what happens. If all is quiet leave them but check first thing at day break to make sure she has accepted them. There is a risk though with her not wanting them so having a back up brooder is a must.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. chickers chat

    chickers chat New Egg

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    Thank you
    I tucked them under her at night and in the morning there were there. I was mostly worried because she is a grumpy broody. She loves them!
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    That's wonderful news :celebrate
    I'm so pleased she has accepted them ok :clap
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Great news [​IMG]. Some will kill the chicks. Ones that tuck them under themselves are being welcoming to the newbies.
     

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