multiple broodies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bstarr20, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. bstarr20

    bstarr20 Songster

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    I set 18 eggs under a hen a little over a week ago. Since then 2 more hens have gone broody and all are n the same nest. I moved the eggs into a bigger basker and put 8 on one side and 8 on the other so 2 of the hens will have thier own eggs. Put 3rd broody in a cage to try to break her. This evening she is back in nest with the other 2. Will this be a problem? They don't fight. They seem fine being together.
     
  2. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

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    Why not give her a few eggs to hatch also? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

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    I had 7 this spring all at once. [​IMG] I have been kicking my cochin out of the nest everyday for a week. No more babies. [​IMG]
     
  4. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

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    Yea.. I had 2 share a nest once. They got along fine and shared the chicks. [​IMG]
     
  5. bstarr20

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    currrently the 16 eggs are spread across the bottom of the nest (a double milk crate) and each chicken seems to stay in the same. It is a tight fit but they are not on top of each other
     
  6. bstarr20

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    I tried seperating each with eggs but they all went back to same spot. So moved a larger nest to that spot for them all.
     

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