Multiple Hens with chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by daytonfarm, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. daytonfarm

    daytonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems that all my girls were hiding eggs on me. Fortunately I found them before the predators. Now I have two hens with two chicks each and a third hen with 10 chicks and one more that will hatch any day now. Can I put them together or will the hens attack the other hens chicks? I'm running out of places to put these "families"
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:wow-you can try and put them all together-I've had 3 broody silkie moms brood all together-the chicks ran back and forth between all the moms and the moms were great. If you try to combine them all make sure they have plenty of space..Pay close attention for the first day or so...If you see any of the moms trying to hurt another's babies ( and not just a tiny "go away" peck) separate them out. If the chicks are all about the same age it could work really well:)
     
  3. daytonfarm

    daytonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Sonew123, I have the two small families free ranging hoping that they would move together [​IMG] but the one with ten chicks I'm not letting her free range. I think she would lose some and they are really really nice chicks. I wish I wasn't so soft hearted the last thing I needed going into the winter were a boat load of chicks, but I didn't have the heart to get rid of the eggs after they already started to develop. [​IMG]
     
  4. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yu can try but if yu hens are to low inthe pecking oreder and one is above the other then yu'll have problems i know were yu are coming from have a hen sitting on 11 eggs due to hatch sept 23
     

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