My Cochins started laying eggs just recently, and i have since collected the few i've found when they were layed (could be once every 2-3 days).
Last week when i went to collect the eggs, one of the Cochin Hens was gaurding her two eggs and i decided to let her hatch them. It has been a week and she never leaves her nest and protects it. She has now 6 eggs. I have found no eggs since from any of the other 3 hens, could it be possible she is covering other hens eggs, or are they all her own?
My Questions are:
1. Is it normal for her to keep laying? How many until she will stop?
2. If it's ok, will the chicks be born days apart or a week or more apart? If yes, should i do anything then?
3. Should i seperate her from the other 3 hens and 3 Roosters?
4. It is still cold here, about -6 out, should i set up a heat lamp before or after... if any is required that is.
I used to have Bendys and the only hen that i had layed 13 eggs and then started to cover them. What this cochin hen is doing i have never expierenced before.
I want to make sure i'm getting it right before we welcome babies into the world.
My Cochins are fed Organic, does this changed anything? Should i be giving anything extra?
When a mother hen is covering, are we able to clean or do anything to her nest box or leave it the way it is, when can we change it?
Thank you for taking the time in helping me with all of my questions.
I am very glad to have found this forum.
Have a nice evening,