Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brittanyhen, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. brittanyhen

    brittanyhen Hatching

    Jun 20, 2008
    We have only managed to hatch one chick in our incubator this time and the poor little thing is very lonely. We have a chicken that went broody about 2 days ago. Is there any possibility that she might look after the chick. Don't want to put the chick in danger by trying so thought I would seek your advice.
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    It really all depends on the chicken--most chickens don't care for other chicks that they didn't hatch out themselves and every once in awhile, I've seen it work. Have you thought of just finding her a chick friend? Where do you live? I bet if you post to everyone in just search of a chick or two around the same age, you might have better success. If you do decide to try out the chicken and chick thing, you might want to do it when you have a good hour to sit and observe and be ready to intervene. Good luck!!! [​IMG]
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I give chicks to broody hens all the time, but ONLY after they have had their chicks hatch. I actually set a hatch if I see a hen go broody just so I can give her the babies, and not have to clean a brooder. [​IMG] I don't think I would try giving her your baby at this stage. If she had been sitting for 21 days you might try it. I agree, try to find another chick somewhere.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2008
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    for now put a stuffed animal in the brooder with it. Do you have a special needs chick that cant be with the others? those work usually great as buddys. I just hatched a loner three weeks ago who is now with my special needs chick.
  5. brittanyhen

    brittanyhen Hatching

    Jun 20, 2008
    Sorry for the delay in posting this reply but not quite got the hang of it yet. Spoke to a lady locally to me she said wait until dusk then slip the chick under the broody hen which we did. Following morning mum and and chick as happy as larry, she is a very good mum so this method does work she had only been broody for about 2 or 3 days.

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