Will hens accept the chicks if they don't hatch them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Funsizeracing, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Funsizeracing

    Funsizeracing In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2011
    Will hens raise baby chicks if they don't hatch them? I'm wanting to add a new baby or two to my flock. Wondering if my Easter Egger hens will accept them as young chicks and raise them even if they don't hatch them. Thanks!
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    She may or may not accept them. Every hen is different.
  3. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    The younger the better...within about 3 days at most. And the hen must be broody. Usually works, but not always.
  4. paddock36

    paddock36 Crowing

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    Is your hen broody? If not, then definitely not, she will not accept them. If she is broody then you can slip them under her and usually they will accept them but not always, but you can not just give chicks to a hen that is not broody because she will kill them. Hope that answers your question.


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: