Before Colony Bred Chicks Leave Their Nest, They Often Switch Nests!
What a surprise when I checked Gator Heat and his two hens and nine chicks. The nest on the left normally had five chicks and the one on the right had four chicks. But today the one on the left has three chicks and the one on the right has six chicks!
Switching nest is always a surprise because they switch nest before even the first chick leaves the nest! Generally switching nests is around the 14th day. They are very clever as you never see them move, just the results. Hens get confused then too and they start feeding both nests!