I have a broody ameraucana hen that was sitting. I always use an incubator. Had some eggs that were to hatch in a couple days so why not? Put one under her and it hatched. She was a great mom put wouldn't come off the nest. Sooo I put 9 lavender ameraucana eggs under her that were due to hatch in a week. Before work yesterday evening nothing. Went to check this morning. I have 6 bodies scattered all over the pen. Mom and first baby are walking around the pen fine! She is very protective off it. The others died a horrible death I'm assuming. So sad. I was horrified so I scooped up the bodies and buried them. Then there goes mom setting on the eggs that didn't hatch. I dont' understand what happened. Anyone else ever experienced anything like this. Help. Tried to let mom do it naturally and this was my result. Next time ceramic eggs hands down!!!
chicks dead in pen.
Edited by Pyxis - 6/1/16 at 10:05am
The only reason I put more under her is because she was still setting and stealing eggs from other chickens. In fact when I left home today she was still on the nest. Will she ever quit? Hoping since the one chick is more active that she will come off the nest. Thanks for your reply. I won't try that again!!
Edited by campheadgirl - 6/1/16 at 4:55pm
Their are actually two one black and one blue) that are setting together on the same clutch of eggs. They started separately. I had an egg under each hen but the other (blue hen) did not hatch her chick. She then joined the hen on the ground (black hen) a day or so after her egg hatched. The both care for it and usually both are on the nest but the do take turns sometimes and go off with the chick. Guess the chick has two mamas! :-)