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When to put newly harched chicks with mom of 3 five day old chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newbiechick1, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. newbiechick1

    newbiechick1 Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a broody hen so we let her sit on a clutch. 3 hatched on day 21 and she stopped sitting. We removed the eggs and placed them in an incubator. 1 just hatched! When should I put the incubator chick with mommy hen and the other 3 babies?
     
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy newbiechick1

    If I read this right, your mumma hen has babies that are now 5 days old and the little one you want to give her has only just hatched?

    While I have had hatches here, I have had no experience with giving broody’s chicks or reintroducing chicks to a broody.

    However, I think, if I have the timeline right, giving her a newly hatched chick when she has 5 day olds is fraught with danger. Not only will she maybe not accept the chick but the older chicks could also pick on it.

    I am not sure that I would try it but hopefully someone with more experience will be able to chime in and offer some advice.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    If it's been longer than 72 hours since the first hatch, your hen will not likely accept any new chicks.
     

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