Question regarding baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jrhodes, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. jrhodes

    jrhodes In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    Central Texas
    I have a couple of broody hens that are sitting on eggs. If for some reason these eggs do not hatch, do you think if I went to the feed store and bought some baby chicks and put them in the nest that the hens would start raising them. Just a thought!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    IF the timing is right and you put them under at night, you have a decent chance.

    We did it when I was a kid and I saw it work most of the time but sometimes it didn't.
  3. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

    Aug 15, 2008
    Salina, Utah
    Yep. She would still need to be broody and you would need to do it in the middle of the night so it's dark. Keep an eye on her and the chick, but plenty of my hens have taken to chicks that weren't hatched by the hen herself. The chick needs to be VERY young though. no two week old chicks or anything like that. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2009

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