|Two Columbus Fancy Hens Nesting Side by Side
|Crested Papa, on the Right
|He pays attention to both hens.
To make trio breeding easier, I try to get two hens at the same developmental stage and put all three birds in the breeding cage at the same time. I put at least two nests in the cage but at opposite ends of the cage. Most of the time, one hen chooses one nest and the other is happy with the other one.
On occasion both hens will decide they want the same nest. So the easiest solution is place both nests at the same height and close together. In this case, immediately the problem was solved, each one is happy! I left a little room so I could move the nest closer if needed.
At times, the nests have needed to be actually touching for the hens to accept separate nests. It is very cute when the chicks are 14 days old they will venture out to the other nests and at times they all try to crowd into one nests. Often the hens will feed chicks in either nests.
Even when only one hen is in the breeding cage when chicks are 14 days old, I like to add a second nest immediately adjacent to the original nest to give them more room and make the original nest less crowded.