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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:17 am 
Showy Hen
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Hello BYPers!
I have found myself in an unprecendented (for me!) broody situation, and I'd like your advice. I have three very persistent broodies, all sharing a long (4 hen sized) nestbox. They get along peacefully - no pecking or bullying or squabbling over eggs. I have 11 fertile eggs sitting between them - I know, not ideal, but given that's it's been really hot I thought it best for them to be able to share the clutch between them.

My problem is this - they're due to hatch next week, and I'm afraid of what might happen. Should I choose one broody to complete the hatch? I don't have a separate cage or a sinbin to put the other two in, but I can partition off a section of the main coop to keep the chicks safe from the rest of the flock.

But how do I choose who gets the chicks? My tiny OEG bantam is out, even though she's an experienced mother, because she physically can't cover all 11 standard-sized eggs. The other options are a pekin bantam (who has an aggressive character) and a salmon faverolle, who would be my first pick but who is looking VERY pale in the comb, and is unexperienced. What are the other two likely to do once the chicks arrive? Does anyone have experience with chicks with multiple mums!? Help!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:00 am 
Golden Kingfisher
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Has the Pekin successfully raised chicks before?

It can get nasty with multiple hens, or it can be totally fine. It's not possible to predict, unfortunately.

To be on the safe side I'd separate the hens, choosing one hen and leaving her where she is with the eggs. If you are able to set up another area suitable for hen and chicks then you can divide the eggs between two hens.

Or you can remove the nasty hen and just see how the other two get along together. They might do just fine as a team.

Cheerio, Rach
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