Anybody know why my white cochins are pecking the babies to death as they hatch? Have 3 hens that are sitting (seperate divided nests), 2 of them keep killing the chicks. the 3rd I just checked before locking the others up has successfully hatched and caring for her baby. They are sitting on their eggs and the eggs of my Araucanas. The ones that have hatched are the araucana eggs (they are green). The succesful hatch was a cochin (brown egg) I believe because of the chicks coloring. Do they NOT except others chicks???? They are the ones sitting on them! HELP!!! I have an incubator ready if needed to finish hatching. I hate to keep burying babies!
Edited by jwoodall - 5/5/09 at 8:29am