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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickengirl864, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Chickengirl864

    Chickengirl864 New Egg

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    I have never seen this before, my 2 hens are taking turns sitting on the same eggs 14 in all. If one is on them the other sits right beside the other. Or one will go to eat and that one will sit on eggs. So who will be the mommy lol. This is both chickens first year at egg laying.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have had co mommies, sometimes it works sometimes one gets greedy. Hopefully your hens cooperate and raise them together.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had co-broodies as well.

    My problem is that a number of eggs tend to fall in the "no hen zone" in between the fluff of the hens creating a situation with under-incubated eggs (too cool).

    If they are cooperative, let them try it, but watch for problems of egg stealing or "no hen zone."

    As to the chick, I've got 2 sharing a chick now...but I only got 1 out of 4 hatched because of the "no hen zone."

    LofMc
     
  4. Chickengirl864

    Chickengirl864 New Egg

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    I had an egg kicked out today, dont know if they knew it was bad or the egg stealing.
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    If it is early in the brood, probably just got kicked out due to stealing. Hens don't kick eggs out as bad until a few weeks into it and they can smell rotten ones.

    LofMc
     

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