Question about adoptive moms

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by midnitesun, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen that had chicks running with her just got killed by my horse. Well, now 3 little chicks are on their own..... Will another hen step in and take over care? The chicks are 3 weeks old.

    If this is the wrong place to post this, please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Michelle
     
  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    It would be nice, but chances are good they won't and they might get injured without momma to protect them. I'd probably put them in a brooder if you don't see a hen immediately step up to the job. =( Any other broodies?
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At three weeks unlikely. If you have another hen and chicks present they may be, but don't hold your breath. At that age they still need warmth at night at least.
     
  4. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I thought.. But I do have one hen here who is about to have some hatch. I also have another hen, who is gimpy, that seems to follow the hen and these chicks around. I'm just mad my horse did this.. As many time as the chickens have ran under the horse and picked flys for them and she does this.
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you have them with the flock and the broody hen? Last summer, my broody hen got killed when the chicks were between 3 and 4 weeks. However, the flock had accepted the chicks at that point. The chicks stayed with the flock. The chicks got an occasional 'mind your manners,' thump, but not a killing attack.

    worked for me. You might just wait and see the flock dynamics before you decide.

    MrsK
     
  6. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    They are with the flock.... My gimpy hen has taken them in, and another hen keeps an eye on them, when she's away. I think all will be well with these 3, just hope one of them s a hen.....[​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    whew! glad it worked!
     
  8. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I've never had a hen successfully take in chicks, they've either killed them or abandoned them. I just use a brooder now.
     

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