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I have a broody hen that has hatched two chicks so far. Both chicks died by being squished by the hen. How can I prevent her other chicks to die?
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I have no experience of this, but if you post your question on the "Hatch-a-long" forum and search for the "Broody hen" thread maybe the experts will be able to make suggestions.

 

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CT

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join us here! Sorry to hear about the loss of your chicks. Is she a first time broody? Please do pop by the broody hen thread as CT suggested ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread
I'm sure members there will be able to offer you advice.

Good luck and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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I would stay up (if I had to) and watch for the next one, etc. to hatch and remove it to a warmed up incubator. Or just take all remaining eggs and put in incubator to prevent this was happening again. Since this happened to two chicks, I just wouldn't risk any more with her.

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Welcome to BYC :frow Sorry to hear about the losses! That is so sad. It could be she is just really clumsy with them. I would remove the newly hatched chicks and keep them warm until they are fluffed up and dry, and/or until she's done hatching them. Then make sure they have a nice padded nest under mom and tuck them in under her wings when she's sleeping in the evening. Best of luck!

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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