2 questions, brooding hens and meat bird roosters

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Finge, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Finge

    Finge Chirping

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    For my first question, I have a chicken farm plan that includes a lil' nursery for my future brooding hens and hen hatched chicks. This nursery would have 5 large nesting boxes that can be removed used as their own carrier as well in case I need to move a mother or two. These nests will be 2x3 btw. I'm wondering if I put 5 brooding hens in that nursery with just one nest of eggs, would they each try and steal the eggs to raise as their own, or would they take turns sitting on the eggs?
    If they shared and worked as a team, would this make the hens look less rough, as 4 out of 5 would be hopefully eating and drinking while 1 sat on the eggs.

    Second question, I have a broiler rooster, he and the rest of the clutch I have just lay on the ground when they go outside, would they actually walk around more when they grow older since they're a month right now, and would putting them on a layer feed harm, the rooster in anyway? Or should I just get rid of all my broiler, since I only plan on keeping two and then keeping egg layers.
     
  2. Pork Pie

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    I'd doubt that your broody hens would be so orderly regards sitting on eggs, and yes, they will try and steal eggs from other nests. More importantly, you could likely have a headache if multiple broodies hatch at the same time. Some mothers will attack chicks from another hen.

    The mobility of your broilers is likely to decline, with time. I'm no expert in this field (I've only kept 3 batches) but from what I have read, a specific feeding regime is needed to keep a broiler to maturity. Maybe start again with broilers (with a specific feeding regime), but better still, ask on this forum about breeding your own meat birds - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/meat-birds-etc.21/
     
  3. The size nest boxes that you mentioned are inappropriate, and they will result in smashed eggs, chilled eggs or chicks, and suffocated peeps.

    Broiler chickens are bred to just lay on the floor of their quarters and convert chicken feed into money or else drumsticks. Its what they do best an this is about all that they do.
     
  4. Finge

    Finge Chirping

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    Ah, well, I guess then they'll go to my buyer.

    and as for nesting boxes, what's an appropriate size for them? And if it's the case they'll try and kill chicks, I could try and stack hatching dates, so they'd be a week ahead of each other, or would that not work?
     

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