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experts: 2 setting hens in one coop?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 3riverschick, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    Can one have 2 setting hens in one 4x8 coop? They are sharing large nestbox rigth now. What will happen when eggs hatch? Will they steal or kill each other's chicks? They are Sussex 1/2 sisters raised together.
    Should I build a nest box in the other end of the coop and move one hen there? The rooo is still in the coop, should I move him to batchelor quarters? He is gentle and gallant with his ladies. Should I leave the roo in the coop with one hen and move the other hen to the batchelor quarters with a nest of her own? The weather is foul and they don't have access to outside right now.
    Thanks,
    Karen
     
  2. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    I had 3 broodys sitting in a 1 metere by 1 metre shed and they did fine but failed to hatch. But this year i had 2 sit in seperate sheds then when the chicks hatched i put them in the small shed together and they baught the chicks up together, but not all will get along. If the 2 hens like each other there is more of a chance they will get along. If i was you i would just keep checking quite often when they hatch, or meby you could put one in a cage to hatch then you can let them out with each other and see how they do. You could try asking on here, very good thread with very experienced people! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...n-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread/15890
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Thank you, Johnn! I have asked over there.
    Karen
     
  4. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine and raise them together. I used to have two hens that always sat together and raised their chicks together. Let them do it together.
     

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