Hi, I have 2, sometimes 3 hens laying on one nest. Should I separate the 3 hens and chicks from flock?
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I think you are saying you have three broody hens on one nest and they have eggs to hatch and that your question is whether or not to separate the hens and chicks that hatch from the flock. Or maybe, since it is sometimes two, sometimes three, do you have hens that are not broody laying eggs in the broody hen's nest. Could you please give us some more background so we can address your problem better.
I don't know how much experience you have with broody hens and them hatching eggs. Especially if it is your first time and you have multiple broody hens on the same nest I'd get down to one. As many years as I've been doing this I'd still get down to one to reduce the risks and possible complications of two or three broody hens on one nest. Some people have good luck with multiple broody hens but some don't.
Other hens will sometimes lay eggs in a broody hen's nest. If that is what is going on, then you have different options but you need to do something. Is that what is going on?
Some people let the hen incubate the eggs, hatch the eggs, and raise the chicks with the flock, never separating them. That's the way I do it. Others separate the hen and eggs/chicks for some or maybe all of these phases. We do these things differently for different reasons. Each way has its benefits, risks, and downsides. I don't consider any or them the only right way where every other way is wrong. It's basically just different ways to do it, though the way your coop and run are set up and your management techniques may make one way better for you. That's another reason I think it would help us respond if we knew more about what is going on.
Sorry for my confusion, but are all the hens broody? Or are fresh eggs laid in the nezt daily?Hi, I have 2, sometimes 3 hens laying on one nest. Should I separate the 3 hens and chicks from flock?