Can two hens raise chicks together?
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.