Two broody hens! One nest!
I have had a hen (Araucana) setting on about ten eggs for almost 3 weeks. A few days back she got down to eat and drink. When she did, the other hen (Australorp) climbed in and won't leave. Thats not so bad, she's a better mama then the Araucana anyway. But now they are both in the same box setting on the eggs.
So I have two problems.
#1. How do I get one out? I would think 2 in the box will be unsafe for any chicks that will hatch. Tight quarters. Plus too many feet. I can't separate them. So I guess I am hoping to DETER one of them.
#2. The nest box is up about a foot high. In the past, the chicks were able to jump down to the shavings and begin eating and drinking. BUT, once they did, the mama followed and the rest of the eggs were left alone. This bothers me. Would it be possible to carefully move the eggs to the floor and will she resume setting on them?
Just trying to plan ahead and hope for the best.
What would you do?