Surrogate Mom?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EdistoChicks, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. EdistoChicks

    EdistoChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some buff orph eggs on ebay. I have two orph's one is a nearly 5 month old pullet, the second was supposed to be a 5 month old pullet but is developing a large comb, waddles. I have eggs pipping as we speak, can I put the babies with the pullet, will she act as their mom or could she be too young? I was going to put them outside in a closed in area, but I could also keep them in a brooder inside. I just want to make sure these little ones make it!
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    She won't take care of them unless she is broody already.
     
  3. EdistoChicks

    EdistoChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take it that they can't be broody until after they start laying? I know this particular pullet was very gentile with a group of guinea keets. They would hide under her. I guess I can keep them inside for a few weeks and then take them out. It is so hot out there, no heat lamp would be necessary out there [​IMG]
     
  4. abooth

    abooth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put RIR chicks in with my silkie pullets that had never laid eggs (*although they are old enough to lay). The pullets and even the rooster parented the chicks beautifully. Honestly I didn't "put" the chicks with the silkies, the chicks adopted the silkies as their new parents after their own mother was killed by a predator. The silkies let the chicks snuggle up under them and everything.
     

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