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Silky hen brooding twice in a row

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kbinsley, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. kbinsley

    kbinsley Hatching

    Nov 9, 2015
    So I have a bit of an odd situation.

    Two of my hens set on one nest, then one of them went with the baby chicks that hatched and the other maintained sitting on the nest.

    After awhile the eggs under the silky were not hatching so we removed them.

    She is still broody.

    I'd like to let her set on another clutch of eggs.

    I want to make sure it is not dangerous for her to set for two sets of clutches in a row.

    Is setting for 40+ days dangerous for a hen?

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Its not necessarily dangerous, but of course, as she is eating a lot less than normal she will be losing condition. I'd suggest breaking her broodiness and waiting until next time around for 2 reasons. 1. she will have lost weight / condition already and thats not good. 2. You already have some young chicks so unless you have the right set up, having two sets of chicks and two crazy mother hens poses a significant threat to the younger chicks (i.e. the mother of the older chicks will consider the new chicks as competition for food and may well decide to kill them).

    Just my opinion, but hope it helps a bit


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