too many mommies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Becksdunn, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Becksdunn

    Becksdunn Chirping

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    not sure what to do about this situation. i have at least five of my hens sitting on the same eggs at the same time. its looks a bit crazy. IMG_20190922_104544.jpg IMG_20190922_104557.jpg IMG_20190922_104557.jpg
     
  2. abenardini

    abenardini Songster

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    Do you have another nest box you can move some of the eggs to and split them up? That might work - or you could buy some of the dummy eggs if not enough eggs to go around.

    That is kinda funny though. :)
     
  3. Criticalicious

    Criticalicious Crowing

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    How many eggs are in there? Have you marked them with the date to keep track? Are they likely to be fertilized (do you have a rooster?) Like suggested, do you have more nest boxes to spread the eggs and mommas around? How many babies do you want?! :)
     
  4. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife

    SimplyLivinthatFarmLife Crowing

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    I think everything I would ask has already been asked. Please keep us updated as to how many eggs the girls are sitting on and if you had any luck trying to separate eggs into different nesting boxes. I had this happen with 2 of my girls. Once the eggs hatched, they seemed to be fighting over the chicks, so I removed the chicks and raised them myself. Good luck.
     
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    How old are these girls?
    I would put most of them in a broody breaker crate and work to break their broodiness. When more than one hen tries to incubate a clutch of eggs, the eggs/chicks can suffer. Two broodies sometimes works but what you have there is ridiculous.
     
  6. john_wrightson2003

    john_wrightson2003 Songster

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  7. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I saw the thread title and asked, "How are there too many mommies?" Then I saw the pic and laughed out loud!

    But seriously, the hatch dates will get all mixed up. I'd separate them into different nests (depending on the number of eggs) and use maybe 1 or 2 broodies. Then I'd break the others unless I had some way of isolating them in separate areas with separate clutches.

    Goodness! All those broodies at once... Do keep us posted and let us know what you decide to do!
     
  8. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Just looked at the pic again. Looks like a 5-headed broody mama monster!
    :lau
     
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  9. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

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    Break it off.
    If you really want chicks, keep one broody and stop the rest from sitting. Once chicks start to hatch there will be fights and chicks could be hurt or killed. I had one broody kill another broodys chicks before.
     
  10. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

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    I feel at least some of your pain (although the photos are soooo funny). Right now, I have a Sapphire Gem trying to lay her daily egg in one of the nest boxes in her coop. Snuggled right in there with her are a pair of Cochin Bantams who refuse to move to the other box in that coop or their own nest-boxed coop. Crazy broodies!! Good luck with your girls!!
     

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