Will mom let me mix incubated chicks with her natural chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Back40Oregon, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Back40Oregon

    Back40Oregon New Egg

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    I've got two broody hens. We let one keep her batch and kept taking the others away. She hatched 2 and left her nest. Then we let the other hen sit on the leftovers and she hatched out 2 more, but they met their fate before we could get to them. I am currently watching two more hatch under a light at the house. Question is, once they hatch can I put them with the mama that is taking care of the first two? Or do I have to be the mom for the long haul?
    Thanks!
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    I have done that before, it usually is best to try during the first 3 days or less for a successfull bonding....but do stand by to be sure there were no problems!
     
  3. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's cheating! Of course you can. It goes best if done the first few days of hatching. Slip the chicks under the hen at night - from behind, don't show them to her. Most hens with strong broody instincts will take them. I do the sleight of hand, distract the hen with one hand and slip the chick with the other...gloves on the distracting hand helps too. :)
     
  4. Back40Oregon

    Back40Oregon New Egg

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    Thanks much! Seems I will have a little adventure tonight :)
     
  5. Back40Oregon

    Back40Oregon New Egg

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    Thanks everyone! Mama took in 3 extras two nights ago and has had no problem. Last night I was taking the remaining 5 eggs out with the garbage and noticed a pip hole in the third one. This morning I have another baby! I guess I will be waiting another couple days to give up on the last 4 :)
     
  6. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better brush up on those candling/float test techniques! :) good catch!
     

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