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Wendy High

Momma hen #2 hatched out 6 of 12 eggs (on left). Momma hen #3 (on right) hatched out 3 of 6 eggs. After first day off nest for momma #3 the babies all migrated to momma #2. They could not get back up to nest. So I just grabbed 3 of them and put in nest. 1 stuck to momma #3. The other 2 migrated back to hen #2. So all 9 alive between both momma hens. Chicken math much more favorable for me the natural way.

Momma hen #2 hatched out 6 of 12 eggs (on left).  Momma hen #3 (on right) hatched out 3 of 6 eggs.  After first day off nest for momma #3 the babies all migrated to momma #2.  They could not get back up to nest.  So I just grabbed 3 of them and put in nest.  1 stuck to momma #3.  The other 2 migrated back to hen #2.  So all 9 alive between both momma hens.  Chicken math much more favorable for me the natural way.
Wendy High, Apr 9, 2016

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