Broody Hen and Day Old Chicks

nhsuzanne(z5 SW-NH)May 1, 2008

I was at my feed store today and the first batch of day old chicks are in. I was wondering if anyone here has successfully introduced day old chicks to a broody hen?

Still trying to find a solution to my broody's broodiness!

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Has she been setting eggs in the last few days/weeks? If so, you might wait until night time, then, in the dark, remove the eggs one at a time and substitute a chick for the egg. In the morning, she'll have 'hatched' her clutch, hurray! I've never tried it, but others on this forum have and reported success.

I'd have a brooder box all ready to go anyway, just in case she isn't fooled and tries to run away from the chicks--some hens will panic and try to get away, assuming that they have stumbled upon another hen's babies and are about to get their butts kicked. :)

Velvet ~:>

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