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rookie from ct
24 posts
Jun 16, 2009
9:13 AM
can I put two hens in with one cock if I am going to foster the eggs will the pair accept her and will he mount her Thanks for the help. Rookie
Oldfart
GOLD MEMBER
1041 posts
Jun 16, 2009
1:51 PM
rookie, What I do to foster, is pair the primaries and fosters on the same day. As long as they both lay within 3 to 4 days you can move the primaries eggs to the fosters. Then start over with the primaries. If you are using more then one pair of fosters, then allow the primaries 3 to 4 days rest and expect them to relay within 12 days. I allow my primaries to raise every third round themselves.
Thom
roller alley
128 posts
Jun 16, 2009
11:50 PM
no,you cant put a hen in with the pair.they will deffend the nest to the death, if she cant escape
rtwilliams
GOLD MEMBER
405 posts
Jun 17, 2009
10:00 AM
Rookie
I placed four nest boxes in a kit box this year, put three hens and one cock it. The dominate hen got the best nest, etc. However they all laid eggs, and the eggs all hatched. I did use fosters. you can do a polygammy breeding in this fashion.
I only got two rounds and then my son wanted his own birds. So I stopped the polygammy thing and put 3 pairs in thier for him.
If each hen has its own nest area the cock will mount the hens, up to three from what I have been told.

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RT Williams

Last Edited by on Jun 17, 2009 10:04 AM
rookie from ct
25 posts
Jun 18, 2009
10:14 AM
Thanks RT that is what I want to do but with just two hens I feel that there section is large enought 4x4x8ft.high with window to outside fly space plenty of room for 2 nest boxes.Rookie
rtwilliams
GOLD MEMBER
406 posts
Jun 22, 2009
10:43 PM
Rookie
Good luck, I think it will work fine. Keep an eye on the cock to make sure he does not get a favorite. My kit box is 4 high, 4 wide, and 3 deep. it worked fine.
keep a couple extra fosters on wooden eggs, to keep the timing right.

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RT Williams
rtwilliams
GOLD MEMBER
640 posts
May 01, 2010
8:27 PM
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David if you do this you have to keep an eye that the Cock doesn't get a fav hen. And when you see that he does, she has to be pulled for a few hours a day so that he will pursue the other hens. It makes the timing for fosters easier.

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RT Williams
Brink of Rolling Loft


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