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, 2014 at 3:15
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    @user6591, some use 3 because they require a separate chicken per person.
    – Yishai
    Sep 30, 2014 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?) Sep 30, 2014 at 8:07
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    @DannySchoemann, feel free to ask.
    – Yishai
    Sep 30, 2014 at 11:10
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    @Yishai - almost did, but it's a dup of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30883/501 Sep 30, 2014 at 13:15

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

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