Taking chicks from a broody?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by StarLover21, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a incubater. Would it be mean to let a broody hatch em and take them as day olds? Or even take them out as soon as they've pipped? Because I love all over your lap chicks, and I want to raise them myself, and I feel if I leave it to a broody, they won't think I'm the mother (jealous, jealous!). Would that be too mean? I know it's easier to let the broody do it, but I love taking care of chicks!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes you can take chicks away from a broody hen. Depending on the clutch size you may be able to take some and leave her with a few.
     
  3. sunnydalefarms

    sunnydalefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah should be no problem.
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, depending on how many she has, you should leave her at least a few and take 2-3 for yourself. No way I could take all her babies away, seems selfish. But even if you take just 2 of them, you could spend more time with each chick than if you took all of them and those 2 chicks will grow up being very tame and close to you. This closeness may also be effected by which breed you're referring to. Some breeds never become cuddly no matter what you do. Keep us posted...
     
  5. AZ_HenHouse

    AZ_HenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my broody keep all of them and they are much more people friendly than I would have thought. They take their cues from momma and are not afraid of us at all. They know we have treats-momma taught them that early so they already eat out of our hands. Of course someone in the family is out there a bunch during the day so that helps I am sure.
    Bonus with broody raising them is how quick they are integrated and how well they are doing with no mess [​IMG]
     

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