When is it ok to put incubated hatched chicks under a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by calliepax, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. calliepax

    calliepax In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2013
    I have a hen that is broody. I also have eggs starting to hatch and I'm wanting to put them with the hen. Is that safe to do, or do I have to keep them in a brooder for a while before putting them with her?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If that is indeed what you wish to do, then sooner rather than later would be better as the chicks need to imprint on the hen, not you! I have never done this but i have read here on BYC that it works sometimes, but not always. I'd suggest you look up the relevant thread topic for more information.

    Good luck
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Honestly, it depends on the hen, and how long she's been broody. Generally, broodies need to have been broody for a couple of weeks before they will 'adopt' chicks. And not all broodies make great moms.
    You can try it, but be ready to take the chicks, and raise them yourself if she's not keeping them warm or if she attacks them.
  4. calliepax

    calliepax In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2013
    Thank you! I went a head and put the 4 that have already hatched under her early this morning.....it seems like she is going to take to them quite well.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2015

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