Surrogate mom-putting chicks under a broody-success

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by melmonkey, May 21, 2017.

  1. melmonkey

    melmonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    okay- this is a little lengthy,but l think the info is helpful. I have a 2yr. old black sexlink hen who STAYS broody-has never hatched a chick as l don't have roosters, but will even sit on an empty nest-all day! l decided to get 3 baby chicks(pullets) and try to trick her into accepting them, as she is so pathetic. The first day, late afternoon, l slipped them under her while she was sitting on her usual nest-she squawked, pecked at chicks and ran outside-didn't want those babies and/or know what to do with them.. So l put just the chicks in a large empty coop with a brooder lamp,and they ate and drank but cheeped loudly each time they saw a chicken walk by their pen-seemed to really need a mom. At my wits end the next afternoon, l took broody out of her coop and put her in a wire cage with some eggs to sit on , placed it in my laundry room and covered it with a blanket. She squawked a lot, then calmed down and went to sleep. Near dusk, l put the 3 babies in the cage with her( under her wings),leaving cage covered. ln 2 hours, before sundown, l took the covered cage out to the empty coop and placed mama and chicks in a dark corner, making sure the chicks were underneath her. This morning she is sitting calmly near their feeder, and the chicks eat, drink and run around, going under her wings for warmth and comfort. Everyone is happy! l hope this helps someone
     
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I found that taking the broody to the chicks worked very well too.
    Congratulations on making mama happy.
     
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  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
    Thanks for sharing your story, I am glad it worked out for you.
     
  4. melmonkey

    melmonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks! trying to make an adoption work out is nerve-wracking... now the broody mama is obsessed with her new children-if they leave her , even to eat/drink, she clucks until they return.
     

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