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Adoptive Mothers on the Job

Adoptive Mothers on the Job

18th August 2015218Views4Comments
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After much struggle, I have succeeded in getting some chicks into my coop. I picked up a box from the hatchery yesterday at the post office and was able to quietly, over the course of a few hours, stick 26 bantam chicks under the hot butts of two broody hens.

While one chick arrived weak and didn’t make it, the rest seem to be doing well. The broody hens are extremely maternal, ready to peck anybody who tries to bother their chicks. My three other adult hens I’ve shut into the coop–I don’t want any babies falling the three feet from the opening to the ground. They seem merely mesmerized by what’s occurring.

I think hens really know their business when it comes to rearing the young.

Posted by

Michele Owens
on September 28, 2012 at 11:33 am, in the category Eat This, Feed Me.

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4 Comments

  1. Aren’t baby chicks just the cutest? I have nine chicks in the brooder and two more eggs pipped in the incubator. My husband wants them brooded outside, but I insisted on keeping them inside a week or two because I want them where I can see them.

  2. I’m really curious how you sneak chicks under a hen. Do you distract them? Is it just a question of pushing one under and then waiting a few minutes until mom forgets what just happened? I want details! :-)

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