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Two broody hens 3 eggs...

Post by Jenny d » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:48 am

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I have two broody hens sharing 3 eggs between them (one day one has them all, the next the other does)
They seem to amicably share the nesting box and eggs.
Do I let them co-hatch the babies? Or do I kick one mama out and let the other hatch all 3?
Does anyone have experience with this?
I want all the chickens :chickennet:

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Re: Two broody hens 3 eggs...

Post by Killerbunny » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:17 pm

My turkeys do this all the time but I've no idea about chickens.
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Re: Two broody hens 3 eggs...

Post by kenya » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:55 pm

Depends on the hens , some get along great co-brooding others do not and the chicks end up getting trampled over the ensuing fights.

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Post by Farrier1987 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:34 pm

When I have two broody at the same time, I set one, then wait close to a week before setting the other. When they both hatch at the same time, there is mixups and fights and nobody seems to prosper.
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Re: Two broody hens 3 eggs...

Post by Kbr42 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:09 pm

I have had 2 of my broody silkies co-parent 2 sets of chicks. I had them inside the house in a large cage. Once the chicks started moving around they were fine with the lot of them. The chicks woukd just go to one or the other hen.

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