Must a hen be broody to accept a baby chick as "hers"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Squeaky, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

    Jul 5, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I haven't heard this question before but I've heard people talking about sneaking a day-old chick under a broody whose eggs failed to hatch. Sometimes the broody will adopt the hatchling.

    Are hatchlings ever adopted by non-broody hens? Or do the non-broody hens just think of all babies who aren't "theirs" as lunch?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Sometimes even broodies won't accept chicks that aren't their own.

    But when I was a kid, I saw broodies who would accept new leghorn chicks from the hatchery as their own.
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    my hens always accept chicks or eggs I give them when broody. I have a hen with a 2 month old chick and I tried to give her some chicks I ordered from Ideal. I stayed close by and she wouldnt have any of it she rangled her chick up and attacked the babies. I'll never try that again!

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