2 Hens on 1 Nest

CoalLucker

Chirping
Jul 18, 2016
128
9
64
Indiana
I had a broody hen who was sitting in eggs that are supposed to hatch in about 2 weeks. Today I went out to check in her and she was roaming the yard clucking and making a lot of noise and I figured she was just off the nest so I went to check to see if she had stolen more eggs. Well another hen was sitting on the eggs that she had been sitting on. So there are two hens trying to hatch out 1 set off 11 eggs. Is this normal? What should I do?
 

The Angry Hen

Crossing the Road
Dec 17, 2016
3,736
14,874
892
Maine
My Coop
My Coop
I have the same problem but three hens.
Yes, it is normal.

You could have four nesting boxes and the hens won't leave that one.
If you want to hatch eggs? I would suggest separating one hen.

If you don't want to hatch eggs, take out the eggs.

I hope this info helps! :)

-The Angry Hen
 

Mace Gill

Songster
May 26, 2017
591
891
186
New Jersey
Isolate the broody hen and put six or eight eggs under her!

I have SIX nesting boxes and my hens like to use exactly ONE of them. When a hen goes broody, the others climb on top of her and lay more eggs until she's over-whelmed. For her to hatch successfully, she should be only regular-whelmed
 

Joanmcm

Songster
Jan 27, 2013
194
12
126
Copake Falls, NY
I had a broody hen who was sitting in eggs that are supposed to hatch in about 2 weeks. Today I went out to check in her and she was roaming the yard clucking and making a lot of noise and I figured she was just off the nest so I went to check to see if she had stolen more eggs. Well another hen was sitting on the eggs that she had been sitting on. So there are two hens trying to hatch out 1 set off 11 eggs. Is this normal? What should I do?
I just got an education this morning on co-brooding. Two hens taking care of same nest. Hopefully one of the folks that are more experienced here can chime in.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom