Will broody chickens accept 5 day old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sandy sea, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    I have two cochin that have been sitting for around 3 weeks. I have no roosters. I also have six 5 day old chicks. Could I slip the chicks under the broody chickens without any problems to the chicks? Would they accept them as their own, or hurt them?
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    You could put them under the hens at night, and see what happens.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Really depends on the hen. I have successfully done that with a broody of mine, more than once. I would chase her off the nest, break a couple of the eggs and leave just the shells and put chickies there. When she came back, she thought the eggs hatched!!
  4. I've done this with ducks before, put the chicks under her at night, but when you do take the eggs from under them, then you got a mama and kid family [​IMG]

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