I have a broody Speckled Sussex - "Chippy." She's opted to set her clutch in the favorite nesting box - inside the coop she shares with 8 other hens and our Roo. I tried to move her nest once - to floor level - but she wasn't having it, and I carefully re-positioned her and she's been happily sitting ever since in that cherished nest. (I marked the eggs and now I just take out the new ones once a day.)
I know it's not ideal for her to be in the coop with the others. But here's where I'm curious! I know chickens aren't fond of new chicks when they aren't their own... BUT
Chippy seems to have some co-parents. :) I have a RI Red that hops in the nest every day to sit on the eggs while Chippy has her dust bath and eats. (That's "June".) And ever since this started, she's been taking longer "breaks". And this morning, I noticed "Henny Penny" (our little mixed breed hen) was babysitting too! What are the odds, then, that ...since they're sharing some of the workload, they'll be more accepting of Chippy's little brood?
My plan right now is to wait out her hatch and then try to move the new family to a more private location where the chicks will be safe and I'll be able to give them chick starter exclusively.
Thanks for any ideas!
Edited by WilsonFarm - 3/6/16 at 6:18am