Can two hens raise chicks together?

Asked By: Henk Gaston | Last Updated: 7th February, 2020
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Yes, two hens can brood together but it is not ideal. If you have the physical space and an extra box or hutch or two that can be used to house the broody hens, do this. Broody hens that brood together will in all likelihood sit on each other's eggs from time to time.

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Hereof, can you put two hens with chicks together?

Hi Jan, I would be very cautious putting two mother hens with chicks in a pen together. Chances are the hens will peck at the chicks that they do not recognise as their own and they can actually kill them doing this! The hens will also try to defend their own chicks and fights can break out!

Additionally, will a mother hen protect her chicks from other chickens? Theoretically she is capable of raising her brood without any human help, but little chicks are very vulnerable to both predators and disease. Even adult hens may attack them. Although Mum will try to protect her family, she can't be everywhere all the time.

Similarly one may ask, will hens raise chicks?

She will not abandon her chicks, so unlike moving a broody on eggs, there is little danger moving her. Once you have her and the chicks situated, either with the flock or separate, the hen will do all the work of raising them.

Will rooster kill chicks?

Yes there is a very strong possibility he will kill them. Even your existing two hens could attack and cause death to your chicks. As he already sounds quite aggressive toward things he sees as intruders in his space I would not put them him with him and your hens.

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Why do mother hens peck their chicks?

Some hens are not good mothers and will peck and kill their own chicks. This is built in by mother nature to protect the flock. Weakness could cause the flock to suffer so they cull their own in order to keep the flock strong. Chickens don't have the mothering instincts we humans do.

Should you take chicks from the hen?

When the mama hen is agitated and does not want to be around the chicks, you need to let her go. It doesn't really matter if the chicks just hatched, or if they are fully feathered. Some mamas call it quits just after the eggs have hatched. If that is the case, you'll simple have to move the baby chicks to a brooder.

Do Roosters attack chicks?

Some roosters and some hens will injure chicks. I won't tolerate either and if I catch a bird being mean he or she becomes dinner. Mom birds differ in how well they care for the babies. Just keep an eye on her and be ready to put the chicks in a brooder if you need to.

How many chicks can a hen have in a year?


Most will only do one. On average, I'd guess most broodies will raise about 4 or 5 chicks to maturity, so you'd need about 5 or 6 hens to go broody each year.

How long do hens care for chicks?

It seems to average 4-8 weeks, some even longer. So have a plan to continue care for the chicks after Mama leaves them. They probably won't need a heat lamp, but will need a secure pen and chick starter until they're 20 weeks old.

How do hens raise chicks?

Make the broody her own nest box, line it with dry straw or sawdust, and put the nest outside the coop, but inside a secure place. After dark remove the hen from her nest inside the coop and gently put her on the fertile eggs in the new location away from other hens.

Will older chickens kill baby chicks?

It's important to keep the chicks safe because an adult chicken can easily kill a baby. You should NOT try to introduce a single chick to your flock of older chickens. Our chicken run is permanently separated into two runs.

Will mother chickens feed baby chicks?

Baby chickens are born ready to eat on their own and explore the world soon after hatching. Baby chickens will stay close to the mother hen for warmth and protection, but the mother hen does not directly feed them. Many chicks hatch in an incubator and are raised without a hen present.

How do eggs hatch without walking?


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How old are my baby chicks?

You'll know a chicken is at least 16 weeks old if they look like an adult. A young rooster at this age will have spurs that are less than a third of an inch long at 6 months old.

How long can chicken eggs survive without their mother on them?

Up to seven days as long as the eggs are stored in the appropriate conditions, below 17 degrees centigrade, in a clean environment and turned daily they will last for seven days without any loss of hatch success.

What do you feed baby chickens after they hatch?

Encourage them to drink some water
When baby chickens hatch, they actually eat the yolk and the membrane of their eggshell, which provides them with lots of very valuable nutrients! Because the baby chickens have already eaten their shell nutrients, they don't really need to feed again until 1-2 days after they hatch.

How do mother hens care for their chicks?

At first, hens are surprisingly good at multi-tasking between incubating eggs and caring for baby chicks. The hen will usually stay on the nest for 36 hours or longer to provide time for all the chicks to hatch and keep the hatched chicks very close under the wing. Don't handle the wet, newly hatched chicks.

How do you get a broody hen to accept chicks?


Conventional wisdom of broody hens says to get chicks as young as possible, day old or so, and place under the broody at night. You can try older chicks, but the older they are, the less likely they are to bond to the momma, regardless of if she accepts them.

Can you put day old chicks under a broody hen?

If the chicks are more than a few days old they may not bond to the hen even if she is willing. If they won't take refuge under the hen when the air is chilly, they may die of exposure. One solution for this is to keep a brooder lamp in the brooding area, preferably with a small accessible box under it.

Do you need to separate baby chicks?

If I have a broody and new chicks, and the broody (or mama) accepts the chicks as her own, I don't separate anyone. If the chicks are very young, a few days old, she should accept them if you slip them under her just after dark, so she has overnight to get accustomed to their presence.