|baby chicks in box in house|
I know it is sideways, I tried!
Solution. There are a few. Last year we traded out the infertile eggs for fertile eggs, and out Goldie Hen hatched out a clutch of assorted chicks. Easy peasy. The only draw back from this method is that you end up with half roosters, which I didn't want. This year we bought day old chicks from the feed store, kept them warm and happy until after dark. Then we went out with baby chicks, and a flashlight, a pair of gloves, and gently moved the broody hen, took her eggs, and put the baby chicks in her box with her. We had done this whole process last week with three baby chicks, and the momma hen was so accepting of her new chicks. She pushed them under her to keep warm and settled right down for the rest of the night. Next morning, mamma and chicks had bonded well, and all is good.
This week we had two broody hens, so we bought a lot of chicks. We thought it went so well the first time, and with two hens, and several people who wanted chicks, we bought seventeen. Long story needing to end, one hen did not want the new chicks. She was down right mean and nasty to the sweet little chicks, so we went with plan B, which was not a plan at all, but an act of desperation, and gave all seventeen chicks to our big grey hen, and hoped for success. She seemed to settle down, all chicks were quiet so we called it a night. Checked on mamma and chicks this morning and all seem to be bonding well.
|See the little chick peeking out? There are 17 chicks under her!|
|see the tiny legs under the hen.? |
|Mamma hen and chicks doing well|