What time of day is best to put new chicks with broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TaconChicks, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. TaconChicks

    TaconChicks In the Brooder

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    I have a couple of hens that have been broody off and on for months. They have been sitting for 4 weeks now. I got some day old chicks today to swap out for the golf balls (i.e. the "eggs" they have been sitting on). I have a separate area for the mamas & babies so the other hens will leave them alone.

    Do I need to wait until dark to swap the golf balls and chicks? Or can I do it before then?


    Thanks!
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I always do it after dark when they are totally asleep. Then in the morning the hen thinks her babies hatched. Works for me.
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  3. TaconChicks

    TaconChicks In the Brooder

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    Great! That's what I'll do. Thank you!
     
  4. chicktwit

    chicktwit Songster

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    Definitely put them under her at night. My chicks & hen started softly peeping & chirping to each other almost immediately & were a family the next morning. [​IMG]
     
  5. The best time of day is when it gets pitch black outside.
     

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