Will a hen adopt chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mallorysinclair, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. mallorysinclair

    mallorysinclair Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    I brought six chicks home today and am hoping that one of my hens will adopt them and mother them. Is this realistic? Two hens had no interest when I introduced them in the brooder, but one (a bufff orpington) has been really curious and is sitting near by them. The chicks are under the heat lamp, so I don't know if it's too warm for her. She pecked at them twice, but has left them alone since then. Any thoughts about how successful or unsuccessful this might be?
  2. Remudamom

    Remudamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wouldn't attempt it unless you have a broody hen.

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