Broody hen help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RoosterJuice, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. RoosterJuice

    RoosterJuice Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there everyone, I am going to use broody Silkie hens to hatch my RIR eggs, can I put 2 broody hens together in the same brooding area as long as I have 2 separate nesting boxes for them? Also how many eggs can I put under a broody hen at one time? Thanks
     
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  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG] The answer is - it depends. As long as the ladies get along there should not be a problem, they may even pool resources when the chicks hatch. The second question is answered by how many can they comfortably cover? I would imagine 6 would be a good number, but you might be able to stick more under them. Good luck, [​IMG]
     
  3. RoosterJuice

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    Thank you!!!!:)
     

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