Need advice on introducing chicks to foster mama

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nettysyke, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. nettysyke

    nettysyke New Egg

    Oct 11, 2014
    Hi all- I have a bantam hen who easily adopted 2 chicks that I introduced to her about a week ago. Yesterday, I brought home 2 more, and she pecks at their necks, even letting them off the ground when she does so. They slept with her last night, which I hoped was a sign that she'd accepted them, but I'm not sure she actually took them under her wing. Any advice here? I'd love for her to actually adopt them, but at this point, I'm ready to move them out into a brooder for their safety.
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  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2014
    I'd watch her.Broodies adopt eggs and chicks.You should be fine,but first clarify she's at least kepping them warm.
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens


    A hen with week old chicks adopting day old chicks is not unheard of but it is rare. Keep us informed.
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I agree, this could easily go badly for the two new chicks, especially if she's already pecking at them. I'd raise them in a brooder to be safe.

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