Two Broody Hens!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by farm&countrygirl, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. farm&countrygirl

    farm&countrygirl New Egg

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    I don't really understand how to use this website, since I just joined. But if I think I know what I'm doing, which is posting?, then I have a few questions. I have always had chicks but I have always gotten them from someone else or ordered them. Just this summer I got an incubator and hatched 17 little babys. Unfortunetly they all were all recently killed by what we think to be a coyote. I was just thinking about ordering some when 4 days ago I found a broody hen. Coincidently the day before I found her I seperated the Rooster from the hen due to just being mean and abuseful to all the hen, so most likley her eggs are unfertile.Now today I found another hen sitting broody in the box with the other hen. At first I was gonna stop them because the eggs arent furtile but then I thought if I couyld use this to my benefit By having them either hatch me some fertile eggs or being a mother to ordered babys. I know from reading that broody hens should be removed from non-broody hens or the rest of the flock, But do broody hens need to be seperated from other broody hens? Also if I do remove the two hens and let them be broody, should I order fertle eggs and have them hatch them or let them think they are hatching the unfertile eggs and then at night on the correct date swap young ordered chicks for the eggs? Please reply, I would very much appreciate your input [​IMG]
     
  2. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hen can lay fertile eggs for up to 3 weeks (but usually around 10 days) after the last time she was bred, so if you just recently removed the roo, your eggs may still be fertile.
     
  3. farm&countrygirl

    farm&countrygirl New Egg

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    Thank you! That makes me feel much better that that weeks eggs hadn't been in there just going bad! [​IMG]
    I hate to ask more questions but these are my first broody hens. If I separate the two hens from the rest of the flock what type of place should I move them to? Also what if they don't settle down? And lastly can the two broodys be together happily hatching their eggs and raising the chicks once they hatch?
    Thank you again [​IMG]
     
  4. Sailing Dede

    Sailing Dede Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two broodies together in there own run with two nest boxes side by side. They are pekin/cochin bantams sitting on 6 big hybrid eggs each.
    Before I set the eggs they did swap nests once but that was because there was only one egg in there that they both wanted [​IMG]
    Now they are on a clutch each they dont seem to move at all (I hand feed them daily), but even if at some point they do swap nests would it matter at all?
    No, not one bit [​IMG]
     
  5. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry to stray from the OP questions, but I've always wanted to set 2 hens together in a "2 nest nestbox"! I think it would save a lot of space and improve the chances of all the chicks making it in a free range situation.
     
  6. farm&countrygirl

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    I have an old coop that I had when I didn't have so many chickens. The coop is a triangular prism that is divided horizontally with a second floor with 4 nesting boxes inside the top part(I will try to get some pictures so its easier to understand), do you think this would work to move both the broodys in to to hatch some eggs?
     
  7. Spitman

    Spitman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just built a nest box , 14"x21" and left it on the floor of the main coop, and the other girls just kept using the regular nest boxes, leaving my broody hen to her self. I didnt move her because I hate the re-entry to the adult flock, if she never really leaves I'm hoping that the flock will except the chicks easier , that means less stress on us all [​IMG]
     

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