Do hens co-parent each other's chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michelem, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. michelem

    michelem In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2012
    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?
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

    Apr 22, 2015
    Scotts Hill, TN

    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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