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Old 07-07-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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When a hen steals another hens chicks, is there a scientific name for what the hen is doing?
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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Ive never heard of a technical term for it...
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:13 AM
 
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There are terms for instances of that nature.

Like the word foundling, for example.

Was hoping an ornithologist might know, or people who are chicken experts.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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I wouldn't call myself a chicken expert but I have, and have had, "a few" in my life for many years, ive never heard of a specific term used for a broody hen stealing eggs or chicks...

mabe in other birdy worlds though...
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:12 PM
 
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This may sound odd, but I find it kind of appalling that another hen would just walk off with someone else's babies like that. There ought to be a word for it, don't you think?
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:23 PM
 
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Oh I like that!
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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I'm not a chicken expert, but have raised chickens for many years. My observations are that hens do the communal thing. In a flock, there are hens that lay and hens that sit (brood). The hen that sits does not lay eggs, but jut incubates everyone else's eggs. The chicks are then hatched, and don't have a clue as to who mom really is.
All hens look out for the chicks. If one hen is really possessive over the chicks, it may be that the sitter has changed jobs and is now playing nanny....maybe 'broody' includes the nesting and the chick watching.
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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ours are the same owl, ive got 3 hens who will all brood through hatching, but once hatched 2 hens seem to loose interest and the 3rd just adopts everyone lol. (she just got done raising a batch of goslings because she decided their momma couldn't do a better job than she could...the geese didn't care and let her take over the job of sitting and raising (young gees eon their first laying cycle)
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