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Can 2 hens withnewly hatched chicks share a coop

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Hi there. We had a broody hen we stuck in a separate coop who has hatched two eggs. While she was broody, another one went broody, and has hatched two eggs in another coop. Is it possible to stick them both in the same coop with their babies, so the "other" non mummy hens can still have a home?? Plus it makes it easier for us for feeding etc. Any help very gratefully recieved. We don't want to put the two of them together and find they're nasty to each other or each others chicks. THANK YOU

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Welcome to BYC :frow The best thing to do would be to put them together in the coop and keep a close eye on them to see how they get on. If they know each other already, there shouldn't be a problem. I have kept a number of broody hens with their chicks together in enclosures with success before. They have the odd argument, but if you feed them separately and give them enough space to stay out of each others' feathers, they're mostly o.k.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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x2!  Be ready to separate them if needed.  Mary

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