Will this work?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by miss_thenorth, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I'm thinking probably not, but I thought I would ask anyways. I have a momma hen with two babies, hatched may 26. I have another broody due to hatch June 24. Tomorrow I am getting 10 BRs. Is it possible for me to put these barred rocks in with the broodies, for them to raise as theire own, or do I need to set up a brooder. If I can put in with the broodies, which one do I put them in with? the one already hatched or the one setting on eggs?

    Also, how long do I keep momma in with her babies?
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I would set up a brooder they may not accept the babies and could kill them.
    I dont know that I would chance puting them in with either.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If the hen had just hatched the eggs I would say you could try it asthey can often be fooled. At this late date she knows she didn't hatch any more eggs. Most hens will kill the chicks. I wouldn't do it.
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I wouldn't risk the chicks lives.

    Set up a brooder.
  5. eggz4sale

    eggz4sale In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    McLeod, Tx
    I have tried that, and it didn't work. The hen immediately began pecking the new chicks.
  6. ruby

    ruby Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    I did it once. Came home with new biddies and a hen came out of the woods with a new brood. I put them all to together, the biggest problem was the new chicks didn't know how to get under the wing at bedtime. I was young and dumb but she raised them all!

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