Question about broodies and hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dandydoodle, May 30, 2011.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    I have a broody that has 2 babies 5 weeks old, I also have another hen that just went broody. Would it be okay to put the two them in the same pen and give my new broody some eggs or will they kill each others babies.

  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Personally, I wouldn't. I had three broodies all with chicks last spring and when two accidentally mixed, they fought with each other like wildcats. In your case, the hen with the five week old chicks is probably getting close to being done with raising them. She'll start to peck them when they come close to her, and that's when you move her back in with the flock and the chicks go into their own grow out pen. If you leave these chicks in the pen with the broody, she might attack them when she comes off the nest with her own young.
  3. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010

    I will make sure to separate them then. How long before they go broody again. She was our first broody.

  4. snowflake

    snowflake Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 21, 2009
    Belding Michigan
    I had 2 broody's last year that hatched on the same day they raised there chicks together and all seemed to go well, when one hen lost interest at about 4or5 weeks, the other took over them all, but that is a little different then your situation.

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