- Apr 23, 2019
My mixed flock of 6 month-old chickens has its first broody hen. We think she’s a Cuckoo Maran. She went broody about a week ago and has been sitting on a small clutch of viable eggs for four days. We have her separated and let her out in the late afternoon to get a drink and some food (although both are also available in her crate). Her comb is pale and she looks generally unkempt so I have no trouble picking her out of the flock when they mingle. Two days ago, another hen of the same breed started laying around the yard and settling under the perches at night, but not in a box. I can’t find anything wrong with her and she moves around with the flock during the day. Tonight my husband closed up the broody box with a hen inside, and later when I went to do the nightly headcount I found my broody hen in the coop nest boxes, and her twin sitting on the nest in the broody box. Could they both be broody? Is it common for hens to share broody periods, or co-op a nest? Should I put the two hens in the brooding box together? Thanks!