Will my flock accept our newly hatched chicks? (Hen-raised)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sharon_k, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. sharon_k

    sharon_k In the Brooder

    May 28, 2009
    We have a silver-laced wyandotte that went broody 4-5 weeks ago. She was determined to stay that way, so I got some fertilized eggs and put them under her. She turned out to be a great mom & the eggs started hatching yesterday. I have 3 other hens- 2 RIR's and 1 buff orpington. So far, they haven't bothered with the chicks, and they're all in the same coop. I do free-range my hens during the day, so they have plenty to keep them busy. I did partition off a section of the coop so the chicks are kept around the nest box area and have access to their own starter feed and waterer, (it's pouring here in NJ so I didn't think she'd plan to bring her little brood out, plus 1 chick is currently hatching and still one more egg left) Mama hen can jump out, but of course I think her babies should be able to follow her. I don't think she'll try to leave at least till all her babies have hatched.
    Any thoughts on what I should do? I could move the other hens to our barn, but I'd rather not if I don't have to, b/c my husband doesn't like his tools to get pooped on!
    Thanks for any advice.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Just depends on the chickens.

    If the broody is a good mama, she will protect the chicks from the others. I raised a chick in with the flock last year, without a problem. But sometimes the others will attack the chicks.

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