Solution to brooding hen gone wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by detlefchef, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. detlefchef

    detlefchef New Egg

    Apr 12, 2012
    This may not be an emergency on par with some of the others, so forgive me if I'm putting this in the wrong place.

    OK, the back story, we got 4 hens a year ago, and one of them started brooding a couple of weeks ago. Concerned that she'd starve herself and because, as new chicken owners, we don't know jack, we started asking around for suggestions.

    One was to buy two peeps and sneak them in under her, replacing the eggs that she was sitting on, in the middle of the night so she'd think she hatched some babies. It worked, but now we have no ****** idea what to do. This morning, I went out to find the "momma" out and about, but not at all interested in the chicks and the two chicks had made it out of the coop, down the ramp, and into the pen. It's still too chilly out if they're not going to be swaddled by one of the hens and they don't seem to want anything to do with them aside from pecking at them from time to time (though it doesn't appear that they're really terrorizing them).

    I've brought them inside into the box that we used when we got our first four. Do they now need to live inside until they're grown enough to be outside like the others? Will that cause some trauma to "mom" or should I assume by the fact that she basically abandoned them that she's rejected them as hers.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.
  2. glucke

    glucke Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2011
    how old are the babychicks? it only works on very young chicks no older than three days or so...

    i'd keep them in a brooder until the early morning an hour before the sun comes up and try again. but keep a close eye on them! if she still rejects them, you'll have to raise them in a brooder.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012

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