Originally Posted by FarmerMac
I have one with Spurs no problems at all. Here she is with her new batch of Dominique chicks. Her spurs are about an inch long. You can zoom in to see them.
Well I am sad to say, the leghorn hen turned into a bad momma! I thought she kept breaking eggs, but turns out I think they were just rotten and burst when barely moved or touched. Out of the 8 eggs from my neighbor, only 2 hatched successfully, would have been 3 but when the third was pipping and chirping, she kept pecking at it! I know this because I had 1 of my eggs under her, a blue-green one, and I was able to save that chick, gave it to my silkie, and she cared for it like a great mom! Well when the blue-green egg started pipping, the chick was chirping. I left it alone of course, but then an egg burst and I had to clean out the nest, so she started pecking at this baby chick, she cracked the shell too. I was frantic and thus why I gave it to silkie!
Then another hatched, which was great, but then another one, when I wasn't home, had tried to hatch with it but the same thing happened, you could see the red beak where momma was pecking it like the other, and the shell was all cracked like the blue-green one as well, but because I was not home when this was happening, I could not save the chick and it died.
Moving forward, a baby that was successful hatch after the blue-green egg ended up dying. She had 3 babies, and I thought she was feeding them, I would fill the feeder sometimes 2 to 3 times a day thinking that she is dumping the food all the time. But I started to notice after a bout 4 or 5 days that she doesn't make as much noises to eat like my silkie does, also, it seemed she always took the first of the meal worms I would put out for them to scratch for. So I didn't realize that the baby hadn't been getting a good amount of food, until on my way home from work, my daughter tells me it had been chirping all day, non stop, cant stand up anymore and started to close its eyes. At one point she said the baby had been lying down on its side chirping with its eyes close. My mom was there with them and she took the baby chick out and started to try to syringe feed and water it, I guess it was seeming better but she didn't know I had the probiotics and electrolyte water mix. So I got home and mixed some up, the chick started looking a lot better after a couple of hours, up moving around, I tried to give it back to momma, but she wouldn't take it back, so I thought Id try to feed her and her babies and thats when I realized, in watching the other babies that she wasn't helping them eat, she would scratch and peck and scratch and peck and make noise but the chicks weren't eating.
It was then I decided to take her out and the babies, seperate them gave the babies a heat lamp, and put the momma outside. I kept on the baby chick that was failing, giving it water and starter mash. It was doing great. Then I had the thought, maybe silkie will take the babies, so I took the 2 stronger ones out and put them with the silkie. All her chicks looked like chipmunks, and 1 of the 2 new babies was also chipmunk marked, but the other was yellow, she picked on the yellow, but I kept putting it under her, and kept after her to stop, and she did, eventually, but those 2 learned how to eat! The other one, when it got lots better, I put it under her before bed, only to wake up in the morning and find it gone, ice cold and flat! I don't know if it was it got too cold when the mom moved, or if it was squashed from having 7 babies under her, maybe a combo of both!
So I have now deemed Nubs, the light brown leghorn, not fit to brood!
Now she doesn't know what to do, she hangs out in the coop area, sits on nests at times, maybe she is going to start laying again soon?