Broody Hens raising chicks together

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by heybarb, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two OEGBs that just hatched 4 chicks each are so cute together. They are sharing a pen together and this afternoon I noticed one mama outside taking a dust bath. All 8 babies were under the other mama hen. About 30 minutes later, the other mama was outside taking a dust bath with the other mama sitting on the babies. At one point, all 8 chicks were wondering around the yard following their mamas and you couldn't tell which babies belonged to which mama. I had no idea chickens would do this!! Add this to the list of "Things I love about my chickens!"

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    There may be some disadvantages to co nesting, but one advantage is that the chicks have two mothers to protect them.
     
  3. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are some of the disadvantages of co-nesting? So far, I've only found lots and lots of positives...
     
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    The only negative I have had is once when two moms started fighting over the chicks. I had to separate them. Otherwise, I love it when they share chicks. This was a case of three moms, four chicks. Everybody was happy!

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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Busted and cracked eggs and flat out fighting. Busted and cracked eggs coupled with low percentage hatch rates are my experience with large fowl - not so much of a problem with bantams.
     

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