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Hen chickens hatching and caring for other species of poultry

 
Ernie Schmidt
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Has anyone had experience putting different eggs under brooding hens and success with the hens raising the hatchlings?
What kind of eggs and hens?
Did you do anything to assist in the success of it?
I know some hens will sit on anything when they go broody, my main element of my questions is the success of hens raising other poultry species and methods used to assist in the process.
 
Jennifer Smith
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My hens hatched out pheasants but did not raise them. Guinna work well
 
Ernie Schmidt
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SUCCESS! I was able to hatch Midget White Turkey eggs under two different hens. Believe it or not two heavy breed hens. To get each hen and poults to bond, I put the two hens and youngsters in large brood boxes together. The first day the poults wandered around in the box but as soon as they figured out Mom will scratch and feed them then keep them warm, the bond was complete. I keep the new families separate from all other poultry on the farm. In the past when I have done this type of hatching, the first 24 hours were always the cautious time. Out in the open yard the strange species chicks would wander off not understanding the hen's calls and die. The hens have a better record of hatch then I have in the incubator.
 
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Domesticated turkeys are notariously poor mothers.
It is not uncommon for commercial turkey farms to use chicken hens for the chore of raising the young.

 
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