Will momma hen adopt 10 2 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ksherm, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. ksherm

    ksherm New Egg

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    I'm in a predicament.... I have a hen that has been broody for the last couple of months and has just hatched her first egg. Her nest box is elevated and she lives with about 12 other hens. I have a separate coop full of Two week old chicks that were ordered through a hatchery. Should I put the mother hen and nest in with the rest of the baby chicks, remove the momma hens nest and put it on the floor of the big chickens coop so the baby won't fall or remove the single chick to go live with the 2 week old babies without momma hen?
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    She might try to mother them, but they are likely too old to accept a hen as their mother. Just leave the baby with it's momma. Move the hen, her nest and the chick to the floor or into a dog kennel inside the coop. The chick won't be lonely. And mom will do just fine keeping the chick protected and warm.
     
  3. ksherm

    ksherm New Egg

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    Thank you for the quick response! This is the first time we have hatched and egg on the farm and honestly I was about ready to give up on lettin her have a go at hatching her own eggs.
     
  4. ksherm

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    She looks like she is excepting the new nest location so far.
     
  5. SevenChickMO

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    I have a brood hen (Dashiell) that hatched a clutch of eight chicks back on June 21st and the chicks have been hanging out with her ever since, learning the ways of the chicken. [​IMG] It is probably past time for her to separate from them. We just purchased 6 baby chicks. I have seen answers to introducing to a broody hen but Dashiell is a post-broody hen at this point. I don't want to mess up her biological clock if she is ready to go back to egg production... She is over 2 years old.
    Any thoughts on filling her empty nest with a new batch at this stage? [​IMG]
     

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