Question about broody hens sharing eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by amythebooklady, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. amythebooklady

    amythebooklady Out Of The Brooder

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    I've searched the boards for an answer to my particular question but no luck so here goes:

    I have one broody hen sitting on a dozen eggs. They are due to hatch mid to end of next week (May 3-6 or so) She is in a separate coop and has been since I put her on the eggs

    Since then another hen has gone broody.

    Can I put her in with the other hen and give her some of those eggs to sit on? She has been broody for about a week. I have been waiting to see if she will stay broody and it appears that she is committed.

    Both hens are Cochran, a little less than a year old.

    In the past I have successfully let 2 hens hatch eggs in the same isolated coop at the same time but they went in there together and sat for the same amount of time...and then co-parented. So fun!

    Any help with this is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    For many reasons I would not do that. I set 72 in one year and all 72 were in separate pens. Once I had 2 just separated by wire---chicks were born a few days apart----one hen decided to feather dust and dug a hole just big enough that her chicks ended up in the other side----that hen killed everyone of them. If you want to take a chance Go For It and see what happens. If you do not want to take a chance----keep them separated.
     

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