New Chick introduction?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PecksPeckers, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. PecksPeckers

    PecksPeckers New Egg

    Sep 3, 2014
    Hi, we have a new chick just hatched over night. It is from a hen who left her nest yesterday with the egg pipping. I am wondering if I could put it with a different hen who has a "relatively" new chick herself (4-6 weeks). I currently have the new chick in the bath tub with a heat light, we have raised chick before this way, but would prefer to not have it inside for weeks. I would love some feedback on introducing the new born in with the rest of the flock. Thanks

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Themama with the month old chick should be about ready to stop mothering and return to the flock. It is very unlikely she would accept a newly hatched chick. If she had other very young chicks, your chances would be much better.

    Any chance you can try her back with the one who hatched her?
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful learning center [​IMG]

    You should try to keep the chicks with in the same age window of two weeks of each other with the youngest one's having the ability to run for their own safety .....
  4. PecksPeckers

    PecksPeckers New Egg

    Sep 3, 2014
    I am not sure who the mama is, I could probably narrow it down to 3 hens. I have put some eggs in the box that she was sitting on and am hopeful that she will return, but am worried because she left the nest in the first place.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    No, I would brood this one yourself. Broodies need to be at that point of accepting chicks and if they are done with their first brood, she is not going to except this chick. They have to go through the entire process or most of it anyway, of setting, incubation and hatching. And unless you have a broody that has been setting for a few weeks or has a newly hatched brood, I think you are going to need to brood this little one on your own.

    Very cute too! :) Enjoy this baby and welcome to our flock!
  6. PecksPeckers

    PecksPeckers New Egg

    Sep 3, 2014
    The mama had been sitting for a long time, more then the 21 days, and she is a first timer.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your adorable chick!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on TwoCrows's advice.
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the chick.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the BYC flock. I agree with TwoCrows

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