I have always incubated my eggs but when I acquired some bantams and had not as much use for the eggs I ended up with a broody hen. She hatched one chick!! Super exciting... Until it vanished... I raise all of the bantams together in a very safe coop so didn't feel it was a preditor. By this point 3 other hens had gon broody as well all bundled up sharing responsibility of the eggs. I would check them pull pout bad ones. Two other hens joined in and started laying on the next set of eggs.. So here I am I thought awesome!!! They started to hatch.... But every time I found them they were dead... ☹️... The hens were killing them?? What?? Broody but don't want the babies??? What the heck is going on?? I have rescued a few catching them when they are about to hatch putting them in a nice ready incubator and has worked well. But I only did that after they killed like 4.. With so many broody hens I figured when some started to hatch one would take the new babies the others would wait for the next hatch... And here I thought then hens doing the work was easier lol.
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4/22/16 at 10:06am