2 broodys tag teaming one nest?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kimber, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Kimber

    Kimber Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, this is a first for me.

    I have 2 cochin bantums taking turns setting on one nest. Momma 1 gets off the nest to eat and go out and scratch, while Momma 2 clucks up a fit for a few mins looking at the vacated nest then hops on to keep the eggs warm.

    The next time I go out, Momma 1 is back on her nest and Momma2 is out eating.

    Anybody ever have this happen?

    Both are seasoned and trusted brooders with a few past successful clutches east.

    Should I just let them take turns? Or put eggs in a new nest for the other?

    I just noticed this in the past 4 hours.

    Thanks for you input!
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have 2 BCM hens on a single nest sharing 18 booted bantam and cochin bantam eggs [​IMG] They are doing a great job so far! I have had birds do this before so I don't expect any problems.
     
  3. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it aint broke, don't fix it.
    If they are happy with the arrangement, I would leave them alone.
     
  4. Kimber

    Kimber Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!

    Somehow I hit the shift key and typed @ instead of 2 in the title![​IMG]
     
  5. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I have two broodys that were tag teaming but then I put eggs in two boxes and now they switch back and forth to whichever one is empty but both nest are being covered. I only have 2 nest boxes in that coop though. If I had more they would probably go to whichever was available.
     
  6. Kimber

    Kimber Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, one other question.....

    When they hatch, do boths hen share the mothering duties as well?
     
  7. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Quote:(Hey Kimber, if you want you can always go back and edit the subject of your post - just go to your original post and click the Edit button in the bottom right corner and you can update the subject line to make it show a 2 instead of the @ sign.)
     
  8. Kimber

    Kimber Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool! Thanks

    Another forum I'm on will let you edit the content but NOT the title of a post. This is great.
     
  9. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Have you seen them fighting? If they have, I think its best you make a seperate nest for one of your broodies. But if they're nice to each other and work together finely, I say, give it a go! [​IMG]


    ~Rio
     
  10. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I have 3 silkies and 2 OEGB bantam bbreds who are all sitting on eggs in 2 compartments of a waterbed headboard that makes a pretty good nesting box. [​IMG] The other Silkie girl will come in and sit & share covering duties if one decides to get up & move around, but for the most part they are sitting TIGHT to those eggs. I put food within their reach b/c I hadn't seen a couple of them get off the eggs in 2 days [​IMG] When I put the food down, they ate like piggies. Now I make it a point to go out and pick them up, set them down outside the nest box and try to encourage them to eat, drink, and stretch for a few minutes. They really don't like it; they do their best to get back on the eggs IMMEDIATELY. Never had Silkies before; I've had these about 2 mos., but I see why everyone loves them so much. [​IMG] Even some of the LF girls will come in and sit on the eggs, but I'm afraid they'll break them. I've had to make more nest boxes (I had 6 when all this started, but their favorites are of course the ones the broodies are in... ) to accommodate the other girls. That's ok!! Babies, Babies, Babies! Apparently I miscalculated the ones in the bator, too. I was expecting hatching to start on the 21st day which would be the 7th. Woke up this morning to 2 OEGB bantam BB red babies, one still damp. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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