Do hens co-parent each other's chicks?

michelem

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3 hens have hatched 3 or 4 chicks each in the past 3 days. Can I have them all in the same 8x8 hen house & be confident they won't attack each other's chicks. Will they be able to tell who's is who's?
 

nchls school

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3 hens have hatched 3 or 4 chicks each in the past 3 days. Can I have them all in the same 8x8 hen house & be confident they won't attack each other's chicks. Will they be able to tell who's is who's?


I have had numerous hens co-parent when he chicks are close to the same age and appear the same. If you try this you need to observe the hens and chicks for a a day or so. If there's going to be problem you will soon know.
 

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