Hens + Chicks question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Cluck, May 13, 2008.

  1. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Songster

    May 12, 2008
    Will other mother hens pick on a different hens chicks?
  2. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yes. If you have two broody hens in the same area and they both hatch out chicks, they will each try to protect their own chicks by pecking the chicks of the other hen, to keep them away.

    Some hens are more tolerant than others.
    Some hens, if you slip a new chick under at night, will adopt it no matter what. Other hens will decide that any chick that doesn't look the same colour as mostbelongs to another hen, and will attack it and drive it away, even if that hen hatched it herself.
  3. PulletSurprise

    PulletSurprise Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Salem OR
    Question: What if you have 2 hens that have chickies at the same time, could you put them in a covered kitty litter box in the same pen and NOT have them peck each other? They wouldnt see each other really except through the entrance.

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