Putting chicks together

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EliseD2012, May 22, 2019.

  1. EliseD2012

    EliseD2012 In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have a broody hen with 2 eggs due to hatch any day now and we are adopting 3 chicks from my daughter's school that hatched last week. My question is can I pop those three under my broody hen or will she likely reject them? If she will reject, should I take the two that hopefully hatch and put them in the brooder with the other three? They will be about 1.5 - 2 weeks different in age.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Songster

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    If you put the three chicks under the hen before the other two eggs hatch, it’s quite likely she’ll leave those eggs thinking they’ve hatched. I would just brood the three artificially. But I don’t see any reason why you’d need to take your hens’ chicks away? She’ll raise them fine.
     
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  3. EliseD2012

    EliseD2012 In the Brooder

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    Just thinking that it might be easier than introducing them later I guess?
     

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