Taking chicks from a momma hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by babsh, May 1, 2009.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    If I take a 2 day old chick (or two) from her, will she get upset?

    If I swap chicks with her, will she know? I was thinking of taking two from our incubator and swapping them for 2 that are under momma. All were hatched yesterday.

    Also, can they count? Do they know how many chicks they have?

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Just depends on the chicken. You won't know til you try. She could accept a new chick or she could kill it.
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    It all depends on the hens. I have easy-going Silkie hens and I do things like that all the time. The chicks are the ones to decide that's my mama and they're responsible for keeping up. The broody will choose a nest to set in at night and the babies hop up and tuck under her, but she will not go chasing strays. I don't know how many times I've had a chick adopt themselves to other broodies and no matter how many times I put them in the right nest, they'd adopt themselves out again! It usually only works if they're about the same size/age.

    I would make sure to leave the broody at least 1 chick for her emotional well being but it doesn't have to be one of the ones she hatched.

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