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broody hens taking turns?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ivoryhoof farm, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. ivoryhoof farm

    ivoryhoof farm In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2008
    PHX, AZ
    I decided to let our broody hen hatch some eggs. We got some eggs from a
    neighbor, She is so happy! This morning I found her off the nest, out taking a dust bath and grabbing a bite to eat! Another hen was on her nest sitting on her eggs! Could they be taking turns or is she just chick-sitting for her friend?
    Just love these chickens!
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    well you could have 2 broodies sitting on those eggs.or you could have 1 laying her eggs with the broodies.
  3. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Or you could have both, like I do! I have two Broodies, little sisters that look alike and are sharing a nest, and when they get up for a stretch together, their nest gets taken over by a Mottled Houdan, who lays an egg for them and then leaves! I have to go get her egg out from under them later, their others are marked, so they only keep them. I think most chickens are less disturbed by their own nest swapping than by our interference, although mine are used to the routine and quite friendly about it now. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2008

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