Will a Hen "adopt" older chicks???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by webs66, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I have 25 Buff Orp chicks that are 2 1/2 weeks old. I found a local guy who is getting rid of his chickens, they happen to be Buff Orps. I was wondering if anyone knows how they would take to each other. I was thinking about taking 1 or 2 of his hens in hopes they would become foster moms to our babies. Does anyone think this would work or am I asking for problems here???
     
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! where are you located?

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    sorry i am so new, don't know the answer to your question
     
  3. greenthumb89

    greenthumb89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your probably asking for problems
     
  4. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in Rhode Island
     
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    You're asking for problems. You don't know what those grown chickens have, and it's best to practice safe biosecurity. The new hens should not be in contact with those chicks for at least 30 days. By then, you will know if the hens have disease or illnesses.
     
  6. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

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    well it sounds like our babies will have to settle for me as their mama. I really do not want to have to worry about what they might get from the other chickens. Thanks for all the help guys.
     
  7. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    hens will only become foster moms if they only have biddies already, and then they may not take new ones. you just have to put them down. from there the biddy will run towards then hen about 98% of the time. hen will run towards the biddy 1% of the time. once they come into contact. she'll peck them once. if from there she ignores them and walks off with them following her she is now their "mom" but you have to be careful. not all hens like new comers.
     

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