Will a broody adopt chicks she didn't hatch?

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

  1. mickeygirl217

    mickeygirl217 New Egg

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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