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When to is it to early to sneak in baby chickens under a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ArtCaptain, May 10, 2016.

  1. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to buy some (possibly silkie mix or red cochin bantam) chicks and place them under a broody game hen(the eggs she has

    aren't fertile). The thing is shes been broody for about two or three days now. Do I have to wait 3 weeks to put the chicks under since that is around the time the eggs usually hatch[​IMG]?
     
  2. Tika75

    Tika75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. I didn't think about trying that with my girls. Maybe next time. Shhh. Don't tell my husband I said that.
     
  3. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Alrighty then! I have replaced in infertile eggs with baby chicks before, but it was around the time the eggs were supposed to hatch.
    I even asked a question before I did that just to make sure if it was safe or not https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1019116/switching-hens-eggs-with-chicks
     
  4. scrambled please

    scrambled please Out Of The Brooder

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    21 to 25 days, too early she will not be pleasant, she'll reject them and hurt
    them. It works like a charm, I put the little once in at night, they have the problem with her in the morning, it takes a little while for them to accept her but they always have for me. The chicks I use are from the feed store at least 3 days old, they never had a mommy but after awhile they adopt her.
     
  5. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Out Of The Brooder

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    So since my hen became broody on May 9 I will have to put them in around...27th-30th?
     
  6. scrambled please

    scrambled please Out Of The Brooder

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    21 days will be the 30th, I would from the 30th to the 3rd of April.
     

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