Tips for Introducing "Magic Chicks" to a Broody

Country Heart

City Girl With A
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OK, the time has come. She has been broody for long enough to break me - she gets to be a mom, via "magic chicks" tonight. I plan to slip her the day-old chicks tonight under cover of darkness.

Any tips on how to make this a successful experience for everyone are welcome. Thanks!


Tracy
 

Kittymomma

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Sometimes posts get missed, no need for sarcasam.

You're planning to do it the same way I have and it's worked well for me. The only thing I can add is to watch for 5-10 minutes and make sure she accepts them. I make sure they've eaten and had something to drink before I give them to "mom" because as far as she's concerened they are day olds and she'll probably keep them in the nest for a day or so. I also make it a point to go out first thing in the morning to check on things just in case...I've never had a problem and hope it goes well for you too.
 

Country Heart

City Girl With A
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The chicks have been eating and drinking all day, so I think they are as prepared as they are going to get. This is my broody's first attempt at motherhood so I am hoping the best for her and the little ones.
 

LBF

Hatching
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Mar 2, 2010
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Make sure you watch carefully in the am how the other chickies respond (if you have any). In my case, foster mommy accepted them with no trouble and was a fantastic mother, but my other hen was not happy about the newbies and momma did nothing to protect them. Had I not been watching, the babies could have been hurt or worse. I had to separate the foster mom and babies until they were big enough to watch out for themselves, but it was worth it. Good luck, it is SO much fun to watch a mom and her babies!!! Please post pics!
 

Country Heart

City Girl With A
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I have the broody set up in her own area (a large converted dog crate) so the new family will have their own space to hang out and get to know each other in before they need to deal with the larger group. Everyone will be able to see each other, but at the same time have their own safe areas.

I am looking forward to this new chapter in my ever changing chicken adventure.
 

Kittymomma

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Sounds like you have a good set up. Let us know how it went when you get a chance. I love watching my Bo with her foster EE chicks all snuggled up together.
 

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