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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:26 pm 
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hi all,
I put on a different thread that we had a broody on top of 6 eggs very close to winter. About 10 days later, another hen went broody and muscled in on the incubation activities, sharing the nest and the eggs with the first hen.....
Well, as of last night, we have 4 chicks. (One egg was not fertile and the other did not finish developing.)
The 2 broodies are a large sussex and a rather small silkie. It was frosty at our place last night. When I went to check on them, the silkie was under the Sussex's wing and all chicks were under the silkie.... (I guess it's warmer that way??) (and, they were all together in the same box as another broody - which seemed to be tolerated albeit probably not appreciated......)
Here's some pics from this morning. The two hens seem to be quite OK doing the parenting thing together at the moment. They are both keeping other chickens at a distance and the chicks are not fussy who they snuggle with..... :-)
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Lovely! :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:16 pm 
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just some new pics
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:22 pm 
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Hi all,
So, one week further on for these littlies and silkie number two hatched a chick as well 2 days ago. (That's it for the broodies - hopefully for the rest of the season!!!) We had a little bit of worry with the new arrival getting shoved around by the existing mums, (nobody else reacted at all - just taking it in their stride...) The "shoving thing" seems not to be a big issue - possibly just them ensuring their chicks are higher in the pecking order than the newbie?? and - - it is not a constant thing either - so now, instead of 2 mumma hens keeping everyone warm in a pile, we have 3 mummas in a pile :o .
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Trying to focus on there not being any competition for food or space so that this apparent harmony continues nicely without there being any need for me to intervene. Am I missing anything for this?

Have a nice weekend everyone!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:38 pm 
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Every one has done well. Lots of people advise against co parenting - it has always worked well for me. If there are any issues about access to food etc just add extra feed stations. I often start with a couple but remove the extras when everyone is 'bonded'. One advantage of multiple mums over the Winter is that if one gives up you still have backup for warmth. I find that generally when one mum moves back to the perch, the more precocious chicks (even Silkies) will follow her. The ones below still have their feather doonas.


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