Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post Reply
User avatar
Penny
On the Roost
Posts: 132
Joined: Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:26 pm
x 209

Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by Penny » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:23 am

I really need to get the new/bigger coop set up properly! Eeek!

Peach is sitting on 9 eggs that should hatch this week. I moved her and her eggs into the new coop last night . It is already occupied by 5 10-wk old chicks, but she settled onto her eggs just fine. I had to move her because the main coop is small, and Speckles and Bluebell have also went broody. Peach is bottom of the pecking order, and they kicked her out of her nest. I have a dozen EE eggs coming tomorrow so I may split them up and give 6 each to the other two ladies.

Can I use the new coop as a broody house and just give each of them a separate corner (8'X10' shed)? But not completely separated? Will 3 broodys get along all with chicks? What are your experiences with multiple broodys raising chicks?

Currently all chickens have the option of free ranging during the day (except Peach who I locked in for the day so her GPS resets)
0

User avatar
KimChick
Chatty Hen
Posts: 701
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am
Location: Near Westport ON
x 521

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by KimChick » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:42 pm

*sigh* I just want one of my hens to go broody.
1
In memory of our first rooster, a Kindle eBook on Amazon, "Humphrey, the Rooster: A true story". Humphrey is my current avatar.

User avatar
windwalkingwolf
Poultry Guru - chick level
Posts: 3094
Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:31 pm
Answers: 3
Location: Frankville, Ontario
x 4091

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by windwalkingwolf » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:15 pm

If you put them all together, where they can hear each other, there's a small possibility that when Peach's eggs hatch, that one or both of the others will abandon her nest and try to take Peach's chicks from her. There's also a (greater) possibility that when Speckles and Bluebells' eggs hatch, if their chicks come anywhere near Peach or her babies, that Peach will hurt the new chicks.
Sometimes they all get along and things go smoothly, but most times, not so much. Mama's get cranky if they can't get their babies away from other hens at first light. If you can't separate them all, you can try covering windows to keep the coop blacked out until you can let them out in the morning.
2

User avatar
Kbr42
On the Roost
Posts: 243
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:37 am
x 299

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by Kbr42 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:46 am

KimChick wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:42 pm
*sigh* I just want one of my hens to go broody.
I have 5...you can have one :stars:
3

User avatar
KimChick
Chatty Hen
Posts: 701
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am
Location: Near Westport ON
x 521

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by KimChick » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:04 pm

Kbr42 wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:46 am
KimChick wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:42 pm
*sigh* I just want one of my hens to go broody.
I have 5...you can have one :stars:
Thanks for the offer, but I just invested in an incubator.
3
In memory of our first rooster, a Kindle eBook on Amazon, "Humphrey, the Rooster: A true story". Humphrey is my current avatar.

User avatar
Kbr42
On the Roost
Posts: 243
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:37 am
x 299

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by Kbr42 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:17 am

KimChick wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:04 pm
Kbr42 wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:46 am
KimChick wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:42 pm
*sigh* I just want one of my hens to go broody.
I have 5...you can have one :stars:
Thanks for the offer, but I just invested in an incubator.
Good luck with the incubator. I put one of my broodies to work...she my Swedish flower hens now has 5 little silkies under her... :dance: and my incubator is on day 7 of my next hatch......it's an addiction :yippiechickie: .
1

User avatar
KimChick
Chatty Hen
Posts: 701
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am
Location: Near Westport ON
x 521

Re: Multiple broodies...how to manage?

Post by KimChick » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:27 am

Kbr42 wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:17 am
KimChick wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:04 pm
Kbr42 wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:46 am


I have 5...you can have one :stars:
Thanks for the offer, but I just invested in an incubator.
Good luck with the incubator. I put one of my broodies to work...she my Swedish flower hens now has 5 little silkies under her... :dance: and my incubator is on day 7 of my next hatch......it's an addiction :yippiechickie: .
As long as you have somewhere to put all of them!
0
In memory of our first rooster, a Kindle eBook on Amazon, "Humphrey, the Rooster: A true story". Humphrey is my current avatar.

Post Reply

Return to “Brooding and Broodies”