New chicks for mama hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BarkerChickens, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    This past weekend, I gave one of my JGs some chicks (from the feed store). Talk about one happy hen!! [​IMG] One died overnight (we suspect failure to thrive...it hadn't been growing much...no signs of coccidia aside from lethargy). The rest of the chicks are healthy. Do you think she would accept one or two more chicks of I gave them to her tonight?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Depends on the broody. I have one that I swear would mother rocks if I painted little beaks and eyes on them.
     
  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Same. My broody accepted a chick a little over a week after her's had already hatched. She pretty much tries to protect anything that peeps [​IMG]
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    That's how this hen is...well, with the initial chicks anyway. She just looked at them, puffed her wings out and closed her eyes as they ran under her. Maybe I will add another one or two to her group tonight! [​IMG]
     
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
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    Quote:I am glad that you finally have broody hens!!!
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I am glad that you finally have broody hens!!!

    So was I, until they started coming out of my ears. I have five sets of "chicks" in the coop now - 4 month olds, 10 week olds, a 6 week old chick and two sets of 5 week old ones. [​IMG]
     
  7. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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