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I have never seen this before, my 2 hens are taking turns sitting on the same eggs 14 in all. If one is on them the other sits right beside the other. Or one will go to eat and that one will sit on eggs. So who will be the mommy lol. This is both chickens first year at egg laying.
post #2 of 5
I have had co mommies, sometimes it works sometimes one gets greedy. Hopefully your hens cooperate and raise them together.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 5

I've had co-broodies as well.

 

My problem is that a number of eggs tend to fall in the "no hen zone" in between the fluff of the hens creating a situation with under-incubated eggs (too cool).

 

If they are cooperative, let them try it, but watch for problems of egg stealing or "no hen zone."

 

As to the chick, I've got 2 sharing a chick now...but I only got 1 out of 4 hatched because of the "no hen zone."

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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I had an egg kicked out today, dont know if they knew it was bad or the egg stealing.
post #5 of 5

If it is early in the brood, probably just got kicked out due to stealing. Hens don't kick eggs out as bad until a few weeks into it and they can smell rotten ones.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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