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2 Hens 1 Box?

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Hi all,

 

As some of you may know I colony breed, I have just started my season after having the boxes out for a fair amount of time. I have 2 females both over the age of 1 ready to breed and they have both picked the same box. By this I don't mean fighting over the box but both sitting in there without problems. Currently one of the females has laid her first egg today, both of the females have been sitting in the box warming the egg.

 

Has anyone else had this happen and what ending has come from it?

I am unsure to seperate them because they have gotten a long so well and aren't causing each other problems.

 

Thanks

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I see this sounds amazing.

 

If its working I guess leave it, But if you find its not you can separate them.

 

I read that link paulie sent seems like it worked out that once.

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Thanks,

 

I will keep them together for now and let everyone know how it goes.

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It would be likely to work, however just be alert on how they are towards each other as it could all go pear shaped quickly if the slightest thing upsets them. Also make sure that you know who lays what eggs, as the one that hasn't laid an egg could lay and upset them, and if you don't know if it was the first female or the second, you wont know clearly why they disagreed.

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They now have 4 eggs, I believe both have laid but I don't know which egg is from who. One of the females tends to stay at the door of the box and protect it while the other incubates the eggs but they both still sit on them at times.

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I'd say " if it aint broke don't fix it!" It is unusual but if it's working I'd leave it. Are the Dad's involved as well, as they help feed the chicks ? Maybe the 2 hens have decided to go it alone, who knows. Do other birds have access to nest as well or do you have any others breeding in other box's?

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I'd say " if it aint broke don't fix it!" It is unusual but if it's working I'd leave it. Are the Dad's involved as well, as they help feed the chicks ? Maybe the 2 hens have decided to go it alone, who knows. Do other birds have access to nest as well or do you have any others breeding in other box's?

 

Hi Robyn,

One of the dads hangs around the box and feeds one of the females and then that female feeds the other one, so only one male is attending to the females. I have another 5 pairs on eggs, and some of those eggs are due to hatch in the coming days.

Thanks

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Hi all,

 

Just thought I would provide an update on how things are going, they have successfully hatched 7 babies with 1 egg remaining. Both parents are sitting on the babies and are taking great care of them.

 

Thanks

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Great to hear all is going so well :D

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I have only just thought about the thread title here. 2 Hens 1 Box was that kinda a hidden joke or you didn't notice it either.

if you do not know what I mean PM me.

 

anyway I am glad they are doing fine.

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Haha no I didn't notice. I must be getting slow because I normally would. :D

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Hi,

 

I did just notice that in the title, haha.

 

So they now have 7 babies 3 of which are lutino, they have started growing in size and are starting to fluff up but still are looking difficult on colours. I will let you know what they are looking like in about another week.

 

 

I just thought it would be funny to add, as some people know I have a couple of cockatiels in the aviary with my budgies. These babies have 2 mothers looking after them 2 males that regualarly feed the mothers and also one of the cockatiels guarding the entrance of the breeding box.

 

Thanks

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And who said lesbians shouldn't have kids :-p

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DOH

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They raised the babies very well together, they babies are starting to fledge and i will have to add some pictures of them now that they are pretty much fully feathered.

 

Thanks

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. Also make sure that you know who lays what eggs, as the one that hasn't laid an egg could lay and upset them, and if you don't know if it was the first female or the second, you wont know clearly why they disagreed.

 

By The Way, this would be impossible to know, and unnecessary. Then hens themselves wouldn't even know whose eggs were whose.

 

Budgielover, I'm glad the situation worked out well for you. :)

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Would love to see photos of the babies

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