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Broody Hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by laurianne, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. laurianne

    laurianne Out Of The Brooder

    I have a silkie who is pretty much premantly :Dbroody and now my standard cochin just went broody as well. Does anyone have experience letting 2 Broodies raise chicks together? The mamas have been best buddies since they were babies. Pros and cons would be appreciated. Thank you! :D
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Some hens are fine with co parenting others not so fine. Cochins and silkies are generally mellow and the fact that these two are 'buddies' should help. The problem with hens setting on eggs in the same nest is that they tend to 'steal' eggs from one another and inadvertently cracking or breaking them.
     
  3. laurianne

    laurianne Out Of The Brooder

    What about store bought chicks and slipping them in with the broodies?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    My best success with that has been hens that have been setting for close to 21 days. Place the chicks under the hen in the evening so that the hens can bond to them over the course of the night.
     
  5. laurianne

    laurianne Out Of The Brooder

    has anyone had luck slipping 1 week old chicks under a broody?
     

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