Can Mama Hens Count?

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

  1. cochinfan

    cochinfan In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    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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