Can Mama Hens Count?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cochinfan, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. cochinfan

    cochinfan Out Of The Brooder

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    Do hens appear to know how many babies they have? I have a hen that had two chicks and I let them out with another hen that had seven chicks. Now one hen has one and the other hen has eight. I couldn't figure out which chick went with which hen and it didn't appear that the hens or chicks knew either. The hens don't get along so one hen was a bit hysterical. Also, I have a hen that insists on free ranging with two chicks. This morning I noticed she only had one with her.

    This chick thing is very stressful. I think the next broody hen is going to get a cold shower!
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011

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