Will a hen take care of chicks regardless if she is broody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by easterlyfarms, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. easterlyfarms

    easterlyfarms Out Of The Brooder

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    I am testing the fertility of my hen and rooster and popped 2 eggs in the incubator. They could hatch on tuesday to early wednesday. The hen who laid them never went broody. When they hopefully hatch, could i give them to her to take care of. I would defintly bring her into the house of garage. Would i need to supply them with chick food, water. Or would i just have to give the hen food and water and she will take care of the rest? any help is much appreciated. If this doesn't work i will take care of them my self.
     
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:A hen will only look after chicks if she is broody, or has just hatched out her own chicks. Considering the hen never went broody, she will not look after the chicks. Sorry! Oh and, [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen won't have a clue that they're her chicks; without the hormonal changes of broodiness she'll see them as a nice light snack.
     
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    She will kill the chick. Just like a mouse or other intruder. She will not care for it. Gloria Jean
     
  5. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with everyone else. Time to set a brooder in the house. The hen won't take care of the chicks.
     

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