I have two Silkies. One went broody about 6 weeks ago. We weren't prepared and only had one egg to put under her, but it hatched! We moved her into the smaller coop just days before the hatch where she has stayed since. Now we the other Silkie is broody and sitting on 6 of her eggs!
Let me back up...we have 2 coops: one large, with run, that all our girls and roo stay in that we built big enough for about 15 chickens. We have 11 total including the newly hatched chick. We also have a smaller coop with run, probably big enough for 2-4 chickens. So, new Mama and her baby (3 weeks old) are currently in the smaller coop.
I know we need to move the current sitting hen to the smaller coop at some point for her to hatch and raise her chicks, but what to do with the other hen and baby?? They are "sisters" and we tried putting them both in the smaller coop the first few days the second one went broody, but that was a no-go. They fought and I had to move second broody hen back to the large coop.
If it were warmer (we are in Southwest Virginia), I would just put a crate in the run of the smaller coop for current broody hen to hatch and raise, but it's not :( So...do any of you think we could move current broody hen to the smaller coop with the baby and let the other hen rejoin the flock?? Will she care for the older chick? Will Mama try to get back into her baby? Or, do you think that we can move them all in together hoping that the first broody will accept second broody with her eggs so that we can leave them both in the smaller coop to raise the chicks??
Any other advice and options are appreciated. I just can't seem to find a solution to keep them all safe :/ Thanks in advance!