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Help! Evil Mother Hen Hurting Her Chicks!

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One of our hens got broody, and ended up sitting on 22 eggs! She hatched 7(yes, 7) and four of the little chicks passed away for several different reasons, though none of the deaths were her fault. She now has three beautiful, healthy babies, whom she mistreats horribly. She picks them all the way up by their brand new wing feathers and throws them across their coop. They now look they just started feathering because she's pulled out so many. And now that she's pecked all of their wing feathers out, she has nothing to grab, so she grabs their actual wings and ends up drawing blood. The poor babies are terrified of her, yet they still love her because they come running when she calls, they sleep under her at night, they follow her around, and they freak out if I take her away from them or take them away from her. Please help! This her fourth time getting broody and every time it gets worse.

Thank you!

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post #2 of 7

Not every hen should be allowed to be a mama. If this is how she behaves then you need to remove the hatchlings and hand raise them. Brood lamp or mama heating pad and brooder box.

 

If you want to let her hatch chicks just know she will be vile and they will likely suffer because of it or remove them from her as soon as they hatch.

 

If it were my decision to make I would take the chicks away from her immediately upon hatch and hand raise any and all that hatch.

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Well, the chicks are over two weeks old and already very attached to their mama.

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post #4 of 7

I would still pull them from her. No need for them to suffer any longer.

They will be upset for a bit but will calm down quickly. Safer to pull them and let her be cranky by herself then risk injury or death.

post #5 of 7
Agreed, pull them. They'll peep and act distressed for a little while, and they'll get over it. None of my broody hens act the way you're describing yours. They occasionally give a chick a peck, but they care for and dote on them.
Nikki
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post #6 of 7
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UPDATE!!

 

Momma has stopped hurting them, and some new wing feathers are growing back! They still act nervous around her if she acts like she's going to corner them, but she's being way nicer!:yesss:

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post #7 of 7
Thats great! Hopefully she'll continue to be nice until momma and babies are ready to part ways smile.png
Nikki
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