Bad Mama....well come to find out...maybe not??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    My darling little banty cochin hen, Molly, recently went HARD CORE broody. Because we know what excellent mothers cochins usually make, and because we happened to have had a shipment of banty cochin eggs come in that same week, she got the chance to be a Mom. We slipped three eggs under her- one got kicked out of the nest, the other two were still there on day 20. My mother and I were watching as the first one hatched, and finally made it's way out from under her. We were thrilled- until she started pecking it viciously anytime it came close to her. It managed to struggle away from the danger zone, but when it finally got cold enough to seek out mama's warmth again, she literally threw it across the nest. I really don't know if this is normal first time mama behavior or her rejecting the chick, but I did NOT want to come home to a dead baby, so I took it away. She didn't even try to stop me.

    I don't know if her other one hatched- if it did, I hope she hasn't rejected it, too. Can anyone tell me just what's going on here, what I should do, etc? She's SUCH a sweet chicken- I thought she would be a similarly sweet mother. [​IMG]
     
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  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Sad news...this chick died this morning. I knew yesterday evening that it wasn't "waking up" like chicks are supposed to do. Little thing kept it's eyes closed and slept most of the time. Wonder if mama knew as soon as it was born that something was wrong?
     
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poconos, PA
    I'm sorry it died [​IMG] I wish I could help you, but I've never had a broody with chicks...
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    We haven't either...I guess we'll learn everything from the "school of hard knocks".
     

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