When swinging 3 chickens (or 2 chickens depending on one's custom) over a pregnant woman's head for Kaparos, must the chickens be swung simultaneously or may they be swung consecutively (so as to remain less conspicuous)?

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    Isn't it only two? The hen would work for the female fetus, if thats what it is, and the rooster is only neaded in case it's a male. – user6591 Sep 30 '14 at 3:15
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    @user6591, some use 3 because they require a separate chicken per person. – Yishai Sep 30 '14 at 3:35
  • Out of curiosity, why does an unborn fetus not atonement? And how exactly does one gain atonement by swinging chickens around? (Surely this ceremony is supposed to invoke feelings of Teshuva. How does that relate to the fetus?) – Danny Schoemann Sep 30 '14 at 8:07
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    @DannySchoemann, feel free to ask. – Yishai Sep 30 '14 at 11:10
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    @Yishai - almost did, but it's a dup of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30883/501 – Danny Schoemann Sep 30 '14 at 13:15

Nitei Gavriel Yom Kippur 10:4 says that it can be done consecutively.

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