New chick with 4 week old chicks and broody hen???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marlene, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. marlene

    marlene Songster

    Aug 17, 2011
    I had a really bad hatch and have ended up with just 1 chick, could i give this chick to my hen who has 2 chicks which are 4 weeks old??
    The new chick is lonely so not sure what to do with it.
  2. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Songster

    Jun 11, 2011
    I don't know if it would work if you gave the new chick to the hen with the 4 week olds. Even if they accepted it, I personally wouldn't think the new chick would be able to keep up. I hope that someone with more knowlege posts soon.

    We have an only chick that lives in the house and so far it has worked out. We take it outside everyday to see the older chicks under supervision only. When they get to be close to the same size, we will try combining it with the others.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    That is a problem. I would not give the chick to her. There is a pretty good chance she will not accept it and protect it. She might kill it. The other two chicks might harm it. But the main reason is that it would probably confuse Mama.

    With chicks four weeks old, if she is not taking them to the roosts now, she will soon. The baby could probably not go up with them for the first week or two. I've had hens take chicks to the roosts at 2 weeks, but that was during really warm weather. With cooler weather, a chick that young may be in trouble if they try to roost.

    When would Mama wean them? I've had hens wean chicks anywhere from 3 weeks old to 9 weeks old. The broody is probably considering her options now. Would she postpone that for a new baby? I don't know.

    Some broodies would probably accept it and do well by it, but I would not feel good about the chances of that happening.
  4. marlene

    marlene Songster

    Aug 17, 2011
    Thank you all for your help, i will keep the chick in and maybe try to intergrate it with the others when it catches up in size.
  5. lauriej57

    lauriej57 Chirping

    Sep 17, 2010
    Southwest Michigan
    I had a broody this summer, the eggs were bad and I slipped 4 day old chicks under her, all went well, but I lost 2 to pasty butt. I bought 2 more chicks, that were about a week old, 3 or 4 days older than the 2 under her, just enough age difference, at least a I think, that she wouldn't accept them. Wasn't totally mean to them, they were able to sleep under her for a couple of nights, but during the day, she would herd her 2 chicks away, and wouldn't let the 2 newcomers eat or drink water, so I had to remove them.

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