I gave my broody Silkie 3 fertilized eggs to hatch 3 weeks ago. They are all hatched and doing well. They are 1.5 days old. I've noticed that they are getting more adventuresome already and getting out from under mama. Whenever the chicks get out in front her her she pecks them. Hard! If they are behind her or under her she lets them do whatever they want. But if they get directly in front of her face while she is laying there she gives them a really hard peck?
Why is she doing this? I would think if she was homicidal then she would be relentless in going after them. She only does this when they get out from under her. Is she telling them to go back under and get warm? Or is she already rejecting them? She is still setting and doesn't look like she plans to get up anytime soon so she is not abandoning them.