i have a broody hen. I only have 2 hens left so yay make the babies.
my question: looking for the second hen, i found her on top of the nest right next to the broody hen. They are like sharing the nest. Has anyone ever seen anything like that?
Also where is the second hen laying her eggs? Haven't gotten any eggs from "jelly" the second hen since then, so I think her eggs are also under the bird. What do you guys think I should do? Any advice is appreciated.
I know chickens aren't the brightest. It's not even inside the coop though, they made a spot UNDER the coop (thanks guys). She has not been going in at night though..
They could be co-brooding - does the other hen stay on the nest with the broody all day and night? I had two buff orps do this last year. If she's not brooding, yes, she probably is laying her eggs in the broody's nest. You should mark all the broody's eggs with sharpie and take out any new eggs that are added because when the first chicks hatch she will either abandon the unhatched eggs to take care of them or ignore them and let them die trying to hatch the remaining eggs.
All my spitz babies are gone :,( They were there and fine this morning, but hubby went up to collect eggs a little while ago and found black in one corner, a silver dragged from under the Eglu wire. Found another under the hay tarp, next to a rat hole. Haven't found blue or gold's bodies yet. Egg count is down today too. Devastated.
So sorry I hope you find out what did it.