I have 5 chicks that I have been planning on giving to a local farmer. This Sunday is the day, if I decide to go through with it. I've been asking him about his brooder plans and such. I need to make sure these little guys are going into competant hands. He says he uses a mothering hen. Does this seem feasible? These chicks will be 2-1/2 weeks old on Sunday. They aren't exactly little babies and I am wondering if an adoptive hen would even accept them at that age. He says he did this before with banties that were 4 days old, but these guys are bigger and older. Has anyone seen this work? Is it common? I was under the impression that chickens don't usually accept new members easily, and that younger ones can really get picked on. Any thoughts or experiences would be much appreciated. I need to decide what to do pretty soon. Thanks!