Will a broody adopt chicks she didn't hatch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mickeygirl217, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. mickeygirl217

    mickeygirl217 Hatching

    Mar 26, 2008
    Duvall, WA
    I have a broody sitting on a clutch of eggs right now, we're expecting them to hatch around the 21st. The problem is that we have 1 rooster and 15 hens. He's really good about all his rooster duties except he doesn't seem to mate very often so we aren't expecting a large hatch rate. I'm wondering if as soon as the few start hatching if I run to the feed store and grab a couple more chicks can I put them under her that evening and will she accept them as her own? The chicks at the feed store would probably a couple days old so a few days older than the chicks she hatches.

    Thank you!

  2. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    some times it works some times it doesn't, so I would try that but make sure you get really 1 day old chicks, because she will know if they were a week old or so.
  3. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    That's exactly what I did, and she accepted them just fine. I was sure to slip them under her at night, because in the daylight they're not so easily fooled!

    Kathy, Bellville TX
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2009
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I wonder if she got up the next morning counted her chicks and thought "dang, i'm good!"
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 7, 2009

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