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will hen accept younger chicks other than her own as her own??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by critters, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. My son and his family's hen has baby chicks pipping as we talk...
    ok...my question is will the hen accept a 1-2 day old chick as her own
    when her babies are 5-6 days old??

    does that make sense? (1) the hen's eggs have started hatching, not
    out yet but the eggs are pipping, w/ beaks out....and (2) I have ordered
    some sultan chickens due to arrive on 13-14th...so will the hen take
    the sultan chicks as her own...can we slip some under her with the
    other chicks and everything be alright??

    hoping yes...let me know what you think please...

  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    If you give her the chicks at night, then she may not notice the difference. After all, chickens can't count.

    HOWEVER: chickens CAN see color, so if the new chicks are a different color than the first batch, momma probably won't accept them.
  3. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    I would think so. As long as you sneak them in at night it should work fine. I wouldn't worry about the color thing, though I have never done this. Most people don't have troubles with it at all. Worse case scenario you end up having to brood them. Shouldn't be too bad. ;)
  4. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chirping

    Dec 7, 2011
    It depends a lot on the hen. Sometimes they will even take a puppy. Look at my avatar. [​IMG]
  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    Ted N Ms,

    How on earth did your hen end up with a puppy? That had to be one BIG egg...[​IMG]
  6. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    hahahahaha that's great! [​IMG]
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yep, depends on the hen.

    My Ameraucanas and New Hampshire never accepted new chicks, nor their own if you take them away for more than a few hours.

    My Sussex and Araucanas will take on chicks even if they never got the eggs they were brooding over to hatch. Even if the chick obviously isn't from their original group, they'll still take 'em in.

  8. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    Illia, your picture is so pretty. I love your rainbow of eggs. :)
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    in every case,,, it depends on the bird.. i had a blind roo who thought his kids never in 2 years got any older then 2 weeks,, lol. he was mom to thousands of chicks. she may luv em,, or hete them, it wont take long to tell tho..
  10. Ted n MS...your avatar is too cute!!

    thanks guys for your input! appreciate it!
    My daughter-in-law was looking at
    my McMurray catalog and had said she liked the sultan chickens...so this
    is the younger bird I am talking about...
    it's 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon and they have 1 chick that has broke
    through and one that tried but died as it was half out..
    and my order of cochins and sultans will be here first of next week...
    so was hoping her hen could brood her sultan chicken.

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