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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:14 am 
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Hi,
I have a pekin hen that has been sitting on fertile eggs for 22 days. She has hatched 2 or 3, I'm not sure how many as she won't let me touch her and hasn't gotten of the nest. They hatched 24 hours ago.

But I want to give her additional silkie chicks. I know a lady with chicks that have hatched today and she has said I can get them tomorrow. So the hen (penny) seems like a great mother, but will she adopt the new chicks? I have read the following things.

- chicks are best if they are one day old
- put chicks under at night
- make sure hen is broody (yes)
- put them under her wing

I can get the chicks at one day old and the hen is broody but I still have some questions that hopefully you can help me with.

- will it be okay if the hen gets the baby's during the day so there younger. Or should I wait until night to give her the chicks but they will be older?
- will she still be on her nest tomorrow night if I an putting them under at night? I have heard some stay on for days and some get off the nest within hours of hatching.
- What is the best place to put them when I introduce hen and chick (wing, under her?)

And I had an idea of using YouTube chick hatching sounds, and then putting chicks under. Will she fool for it or is mother hen too smart?

Please let me know if you have any info on this or tips!
Thanks! :chickbounce


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:27 am 
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These are pics of Mum hen and the chick she hatched.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:49 pm 
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Try and get the chicks this afternoon/evening if at all possible and tuck them under her tonight. Nighttime is certainly the best time to do it, so she doesn't know what is going on in the dark. Don't let her see you putting chicks under her, do it quick and tuck them right under using your hand to protect them from pecks as you tuck them in there. Then watch with very low light from a couple metres away for a minute or so to make sure all is well. The earlier you get them under her the more likely she'll accept them. If there is still unhatched eggs under her, she will probably sit on them for another day or so, giving plenty of time for the new chicks to be accepted as her own. Presumably there is already a shallow water bowl close? And you can put a small bit of chicken crumble on the ground right in front of her and she will encourage the babies to eat it even if she is still sitting down.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:25 pm 
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Thanks for your reply! :th I didn't see it till after I got the chicks!
But here's what I did anyway.

I got them this morning (the lady couldn't do it later). 3 silkie chicks that had hatched during the night. So a couple of hours old. I got a fluffy rug and wrapped it around them and they snuggled up to me. (It was so cute!). It took me half an hour to get home. I then put the new chicks tucked under the hen with there heads sticking out. I put them under at lunch time because I didn't have a brooder set up. The hen loved it, she started showing her new chicks how to eat chick starter. Then she tucked them under her a bit more and they fell asleep. Her own chicks came up to say hello to the new ones! It was so cute! She was so impressed that she now had 5 chicks!

:anim1 :anichi


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:25 pm 
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What a lovely (and cute) story for a Friday afternoon :)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Really glad it went so well :)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:16 pm 
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Lovely. I think that often they stress less than we do about this :clnava


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:00 pm 
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there doing well! Here's a pic of mum and adopted baby! :-D


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