Do hens get jealous of broody hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MareeZoCool, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a Jersey Giant hen who has decided to set on her eggs. I have been offering a few eggs near her clutch. She proudly & gently adds them to her nest. Looks like the 29th & 30th we could be finding some freshly - hatched peeps in her nest.

    My problem is a Delaware hen we were given. She keeps jumping in the nest and pecking around - we assume she's searching for extra snacks, since I give broodie a handful of seeds every morning. We have found missing eggs, and yesterday one egg had a peck hole, the chick was almost complete. eyes, feathers, and beak easily seen.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    I'd say your Delaware is an egg eater. I'd cull her.

    (I wonder if that's why she was free?)
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011

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