2 hens 1 nest.

bleechme

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 4, 2010
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So I got a trio of Thai games that I am breeding, so my 2 pullets are almost a year and they started laying 2 days ago, first I thought only one was going to start laying but strangely they both laid on the same day. I have 3 nest boxes (I originally had 3, 2 pullets and 1 hen, but the hen kept attacking the two pullets so I separated her) And it seems they both are laying in 1 and are continuing to do so. I'm afraid of the outcome, will these two fight to sit in the nest once done laying? I can't see them sharing cause these guys aren't the friendliest chickens. 2 summers ago I had two OEGB hens sitting together and they both raised the babies together (most amazing to watch), but I just can't see Thais doing that.

Plan A:
if they both are welling to sit together, I may leave them be, but the nest really is only big enough for one chicken cause that was the plan, one per nest.

Plan B:
if they don't cooperate with sitting together, I will leave all the eggs for the bigger pullet to sit on and move the smaller one cause I'm expecting about 10-12 eggs per pullet so that will be about 20-24 eggs. Bit too much, yea... but good thing is thai game hens are pretty descent in size and their eggs are just a tad bigger than bantams so i'm crossing my fingers she will be able to cover them all with no problem.

anyone have ideas on what to do? I hate using incubators but thats my last option. I hate brooding chicks, lol, thats why I prefer the hens do it naturally and take care of the chicks, and a mama with chicks is just a beautiful sight to see.
 

chickenlover96

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
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the best thing to do is leave them to decided if they dont want to share the stronger hen will chase away the other one and ur not alone i hate incubators too because the chicks tend to think there more human then chicken
 

wbruder17

Songster
9 Years
Jun 7, 2010
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Portland, OR
My 9 chickens were all laying in the same box, which coincidently also became my silkies favorite place to sleep= poopy eggs. I just put 2 stone eggs in the other 2 boxes and now all the chickens lay in those 2, leaving the third for silkie to sleep in. It worked perfectly for me, so maybe 2 fake eggs in seperate boxes and they will both pick a different one.
 

bleechme

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 4, 2010
32
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I had 6 eggs yesterday, split them 3 in one and 3 in the other, It seems they still both laid in the same nest, leaving the other 3 eggs lonely. I guess i'll just have to wait and see who sits first and I will just put all the eggs in that one.
 

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