Adding chicks to a hen's little famile
One of my hens just hatched out one little chick on Thursday. I had started a clutch of eggs in an incubator -- my first ever! I expect my clutch to hatch on Friday or Saturday (seems that Chanteclers quite often go 22 days).
I started with 21 eggs, and have tossed 4 . Last candling today - the remaining 17 eggs look full.
My big question -- could I slip anywhere up to 17 chicks (I'll be happy if I get a dozen live) under the hen?? Will she realize that her family has suddenly increased immensely?
Are they too different in age (10 days) to have the same requirements from the hen? THese chicks are slow growers -- you can still hold them in your hand at 5 weeks.
I can put them under a heat lamp, but the hen with the little chick is such a good mother, I know she would take them all under her wing if she could.