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Need advice about giving broody hen a chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by animalover, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. animalover

    animalover Chirping

    Jul 30, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA
    Two of my favorite hens had gotten broody, and I happened to mention to my vet that it was a shame they would never hatch anything, because I have no rooster. She gave me 4 fertile eggs, and I put 2 under each, and pretty much forgot about it. Yesterday, one of the eggs hatched! I checked the other eggs, and they were not viable. I know someone with week old peeps. If I put one under the broody hen, will she accept it? Can I give the one with the newly hatched chick a week old chick? This is all new to me. [​IMG]

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Probably, and maybe. If they were mine I'd let her raise the lone chick in with the flock. It won't really be alone that way, and will be able to fend for itself when mama quits being a mama in a month or two. You can put new chicks under a broody, but when I tried it when one was several days older, the young one was killed.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I had three successful clutches adopted by this broody hen. This year, for some reason, she rejected ALL of them. I don't understand why but I am sure she had her own reasons.

    Maybe this year is not her year to raise chicks. She was an excellent momma. Now I am stuck with ten chicks down the basement I didn't want to do but they are for sale, locally of course.
  4. GoodKids

    GoodKids In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2010
    NW Indiana
    I had a momma hatch out a lone chick, and I had a lone week-old guinea in the brooder in the house. When the chick was a couple days old, I slipped the keet under the hen when it was still dark in the brooder. She takes them both on walks and snuggles them and shows them food. [​IMG] That was the first I ever tried that, tho, so I don't really have any experience to speak of [​IMG]

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