Two Broody hens sitting on the same nest

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BirdBrained, May 11, 2009.

  1. BirdBrained

    BirdBrained Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two golden seabrights that I think may be sisters,they layed in the same nest by their own choice which I thought was no big deal,now they have both become broody at the same time and are both sitting on the same nest.Has anyone ever experienced this and if so how did you handle it? I'm thinking I may do 1 of 2 things,seperate the eggs and hens and see if they will both sit,or pull one hen and let the other take care of the whole clutch,any advise will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. littleridgefarmer

    littleridgefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two easter eggers and they became broody and began sitting in the same nesting box together (even without any eggs in the nest). So we followed some advice of a friend and put one hen in a dog crate (inside the coop) for two days. She did have her own food and water but could never get comfortable enough to sit for a long period of time. This broke her from being broody. The other hen found it interesting that her sis was in this crate and came off the nest a couple of hours later. We have not had a problem since.
     
  3. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    Florida
    It seems as though my silkie hens will go broody in pairs. They will lay in the same box even though there are plenty of boxes. If you try to move one to another box, she squalks and runs back to the box with the other one. So........why waste as couple of good broodies? I just got 15 Ameraucana eggs from DipsyDoodleDoo and thought I would put them in the bator, but with 2 broody silkies in the same box, guess where the eggs went........LOL! [​IMG]
     
  4. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had two bantams do the same thing and just yesterday the last eggs hatched. I tried to seperate them at first and the one I moved went right back to the original nest. It worked out great and I figured when one takes a short break to eat the other keeps things warm. Here's a picture of my two in the same nest.

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  5. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    I have one duck sitting eggs in a dog house and another one goes in there and sits with her... I guess just keeping her company... as for she is not sitting eggs
     
  6. momof247371

    momof247371 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would leave them both where they are...they are not hurting anything and when they hatch they will have double the protection!
     
  7. momof247371

    momof247371 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O and by the way i had a turkey hen go broody about 6 days ago and yesterday one of my Buff orp. hens decided she was going to help her out... the turkey hen is fine with her being there. so now when i go to feed i see a black butt and an orange butt starring at me:lol:
     
  8. lishah2000

    lishah2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a banty girl and a silkie brood together. They had previously raised chicks in the same pen, but not jointly. I tried several times to separate them, but they kept getting back together.

    They did fine without any fighting. The banty leaves her chicks early so once she was done the silkie took over. I was worried the chicks would be confused, but they took to both hens.
     
  9. BirdBrained

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    I appreciate all the advice,its kinda funny to watch themboth so protective over the same nest,but thats a good thing.Thank You All.
     
  10. Willie647

    Willie647 Out Of The Brooder

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    So how did things go with your two moms? Did all the chicks survive? Did the Roo have access to the nest too? We have a similar situation right now. Two bantum hens on one nest. It is a small coop housing two hens and one roo. One of the eggs hatched today and one of the hens is hoarding it. The other hen is on the remaining egg which should hatch in 4 to 5 days. We don't know if we should separate them or leave them alone. This is the first time we've let either hen sit on eggs. They seem to go broody a lot!
     
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