What is the best way to add day old chicks to broody hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sandy sea, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    I have two cochins that have been broody for 3 weeks. I do not have a rooster. Would like to try to have them accept some day old cochin chicks that I will be purchasing tomorrow. Will it work? What is the best way to do it? Do I need to section the hens and chicks off from the other 4 chickens that I have?
  2. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    I think your best chance for success, would be to put them under the hens at night. I did this last year with my broody EE. I decided to put the chick under the hen just before sunrise, so I could monitor the interaction and make sure the hen accepted the chick. Everything went well the one time I tried it.

    Cochins are known to be good mothers, so you have a good chance that at least one of them will accept the chicks.

    Good luck!
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    When you do this, do you need to put fake eggs under her first?

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