Do chickens babysit other eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Deleon98, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive got a broody hen with like 14 eggs and whenever shes up off the nest theres another hen on them so is that like planned or does that hen kick out my broody hen to lay more eggs in the nest?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will lay eggs on each others nest.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to mark the eggs with a none toxic pen... and then every few days check the nest and remove any new eggs added by other hens...

    Otherwise you will have too many eggs for the hen to brood... and many will chill and die... also the later added eggs will hatch much later... when the hen is off the nest with her young.. so the younger chicks in the newer eggs will chill and die.
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Cuckolding. Not good for a variety of reasons.
     

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