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Two hens fighting over a nest? URGENT

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tazman99, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Tazman99

    Tazman99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Two broody hens are fighting over a clitch of eggs, the invading hen will push the mama off the nest and lay. Should I put invader in a xage? Or the mama to protect her eggs from the other hen and aggressive rooster?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Fighting over a shared nest results in failed or low percentage hatches. I would protect the nest site of the setting hen so that no other birds gain access.
     
  3. Tazman99

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    Can the mama hen and her clutch be put in a cage?

    I currently have her nesting box closed off with the cage.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, the mama and her clutch can be moved to a cage. Hopefully she has some room to get up, eat, drink, poop and move around a bit. It's best if you have other hens getting into the nest to separate the hen and nest. Other hens getting in there will lay extra eggs in the nest, and eggs can also get broken if the two hens are tussling over who gets to be where.
     
  5. Tazman99

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    The cage is the same size as the nesting box, bout the size of a cage you see at the fair.


    There is a space between the bottom of the cage and the part where you put in a box to catch poop, is that alright or is it too drafty?
     

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