Brooding Hens Stealing Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sgtfirstwife, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Sgtfirstwife

    Sgtfirstwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two Silkie Hens that have gone broody at the same time. One is sitting on her egg inside the bucket (nest) , the other is outside the bucket sitting on the ground. My problem is the more aggressive hen (outside)keeps stealing the other ones eggs. The mild manner one gets her egg back then the other hen steals it again. Now the aggressive hen has climbed in the bucket with Snow our mild manner hen and is sitting practically on top of her and the eggs. We don't think the eggs are fertile because our black Silkie has never crowed, but we really aren't sure. My question is should we separate the two brooding hens? Also we are getting fertile eggs to put under the two hens, so i want to keep them broody.Can I put one in a dog crate with a floor? Help!!
     
  2. White Leghorn

    White Leghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Separate them and put them somewhere in a nest AT NIGHT! Put dummy eggs in the nest to encourage them to remain broody if you would like!
     

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