Chicken replacing another chicken sitting on eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Forzettings, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Forzettings

    Forzettings Chirping

    We've had one chicken sitting on a few eggs for two weeks. This morning another hen was sitting on the nest. Is it normal for them to give each other a break like that?
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    No. What you are probably seeing is hen #1 hopped off the nest to go grab a bite and hen #2 saw an inviting place to lay today's egg. Hen's prefer to lay where there are already eggs. Mark the hatching eggs so you can remove the fresh eggs everyday.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Not normal, but possible for hen to share brooding.

    Percheron chick makes a valid point tho.

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