putting chicks under a broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NattyK, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. NattyK

    NattyK In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    I am curious about something..I have a broody banty hen, so I have been looking for a few bantam chicks to buy and put under her, of course to no avail. I don't want 15 chicks as I already about 35 chickens, just wanted to let my little banty hen raise a few chicks (her eggs weren't fertile). I talked to a nearby breeder today that acted like I was crazy, and told me that "you can't just put chicks under a hen and have her raise them". Well I beg to differ with her, I have MANY TIMES put a few babies under a hen and had everything turn out fine. I have never had a broody hen reject chicks. HAS ANY ONE ELSE HAD A VERY BROODY HEN REJECT CHICKS WHEN YOU PUT THEM UNDER HER IN THE PROPER WAY?? Just wondering, maybe I have just been lucky?
  2. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    I have only tried this once, and when I did, the mother pecked the chicks for the first 20 minutes or so, but then, she took the chicks in and raised them. I hope it works again with a different hen because im getting little peeps in the mail in a few days! Good Luck to you and your chickens! [​IMG]
  3. YES! My broody Chantecler really tried to kill the chicks I snuck under her in the night. it was quiet for like 3 or 4 minutes, then she discovered them, dragged them out from underneath her, and started pecking and biting, and flipping them up in the air... so i took 'em away. I'm going to try a few of my newest batch under my broody brahma, who is generally less insane.
  4. Kajunbanty

    Kajunbanty Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    A banty hen will raise anything, I have seen my grandmother put standard chicks under them, and they did great. I had a hen that had hatched some eggs and her chicks was big enough to take her away from them. I took her away and then about 3 days later had my sister call looking for a hen for some chicks they had. I took her over and she took all 25 of the new babies and raised them. I was surprised at that one but banty hens make the best moms.
  5. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    Our hen that raised the chicks that we ordered in the mail was a RHR hen. Actually, it was two hens raising the babies!
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I had one EE hen reject chicks put under her at night, but that's the only time I've had a problem. I've given them chicks, ducklings, and turkeys with good results and I think I'll try peachicks next time.
  7. magoochie

    magoochie Songster

    Dec 26, 2010
    Grantsburg, WI
    I have a broody hen who has been setting for almost 2 weeks. I keep taking her eggs away because my incubators are full!

    I have eggs that are ready to put into lockdown. Should I stick a couple of those under her since they are ready to hatch? Or should I put chicks under her after they have hatched and dried out?

    I have never had a broody before, so have no clue what to do. I really dont want to hatch out anymore than I already have going in the incubators right now.

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