2 hens on a nest @ 23days

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Barry, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Barry

    Barry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I decided to let broody hen #1 sit on a few eggs. A few days later, hen #2 goes broody also.
    There is 1 neat box and they have been sharing it. It is 18 inches off the ground, what a bad location!
    They have ejected 3 eggs in the past 2 days. One was not fertile, another had a partially developed chick and the 3rd was a fully developed chick ready to hatch.
    I candled 2 eggs still under Hen#1, 1 not fertile, and the other was developing but still had room in the egg. Hen #2 is on 3 more.
    These are young hens (Buff Brahma Bantums) and I don't think they know what they are doing.
    I think I will give them another day or 2 and if they have not hatched anything, they will be put off the nest.
    I will stick to my incubator in the future.
    Would you do anything different or do you have any advise?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Guess it comes down to personal preference. I don't own an incubator and really don't want one. I want broodies, and got breeds that are supposed to have some broodiness. So I would have a setup where the nest box is on the ground or can be moved onto the ground. Might separate a broody, have not decided; I did not the one time I had a broody hatching eggs, and it worked OK. Actually she was also in a high nest; I moved her and the chick that hatched as soon as it hatched, and they accepted the move.
     

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