will hens fight over chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greytmommy, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. greytmommy

    greytmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, I have 2 broodies. One has eggs that started piping yesterday. The other just started sitting a week ago. I was thinking of getting chicks for the new broody so she isn't broody as long. If I do this....will the 2 mama hens fight over chicks??? I don't want to deal with separating them.

    thanks!
     
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    They very well could. They could also kill the chicks. Broodies can be so touchy.
     
  3. greytmommy

    greytmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so should I let the second broody just go? or try and break up the boody? it is a cochin, and she is VERY determined at this point.... she was trying to steal eggs from the Maran (that have eggs that have just started piping) and I was already interveining.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I would give her some eggs of her owm... And maybe sequester them separately. Or, give her chicks after she has set for at least a week so she's really broody; better chance of her accepting the miracle chicks you out under her at night.
     

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