A bit of advice needed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by james w, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. james w

    james w In the Brooder

    Nov 6, 2007
    Lucca, Italy
    I have two hens that have been sitting on a batch of eggs for nearly 21 days now. Both are sitting within a few feet of one another and the cockerel is also knocking about.

    Question is, should I put a screen up to stop the cockerel getting access to the hens and the chicks and should I put another screen up to keep the hens and their chicks separate.

    I am a little concerned that the cockerel will either kill the chicks or start hassling the hen to the point where a chick gets hurt, etc. I am also concerned that one of the hens might have a go at the chicks of the other hen.

    Normally my hens go broody at different times. I have never had two hens go broody on exactly the same day.

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If it's been 21 days, I'd try to keep them in the same spot and separate from one another and the roo.

    Good luck.

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