Broody hen is killing her babies as they hatch...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by momaof3, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. momaof3

    momaof3 In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2016
    I have a beautiful white crested black polish that has been broody for almost 4 months. Yes, you heard that right,a polish that has been broody for almost 4 months. We had her outside in the hoop coop and she was sitting a several eggs. Right when they were getting ready to hatch, they disappeared and some others either weren't fertile or just didn't make it that far. We figured it was a snake that stole her eggs, so we "fixed" the coop. We gave her eggs from our buff orpington and again right before they were getting ready to hatch some of them disappeared. At this point we had to put her in the garage because we felt so bad for her. We put more chicken wire, cow panels, hard ware cloth, and even some plexi glass around the coop and run. Just a couple of days ago I was in the garage with her. She comes running out of her coop into her little run area with an egg in her mouth and then started pecking at it. I quickly ran over there but it was too late. My sister was coming to visit the next day so I asked her to bring her incubator. While we were letting the incubator set up, she did it again. My polish brought another egg out that had just started to hatch and killed it. Needless to say we immediately removed the remaining eggs and put them in the incubator. Then we gave her a cool bath and put her outside with my free range chickens. Why is she doing this?

  2. allbirds

    allbirds In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2013
    Last spring I had a hen do something similar. She would wait until they hatched before she would kill them but as soon as one would hatch she would raise up and peck it to death. I took the remaining eggs and put her in a different pen and this year she hatched a clutch and raised them like a pro! Not sure why she did it last year but she done great this year! I didn't do anything different either. My advice is to break her up from setting and give her another chance next time and maybe she'll be more mature and ready! Good luck!
  3. Some hens will only set eggs till they start hatching...For some reason they like the brooding but have no idea they are to care for the Chicks that come out of the eggs...
    That must of been disappointing....?
    Maybe next year she will be better at raising Chicks....

    Good luck
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm a very anxious person I know I would never give a killer broody another chance. But that is just me. Obviously some posters have discovered their bad broodies mature into much better ones.

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