Broody hen rejecting her own chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tricorn, May 20, 2012.

  1. Tricorn

    Tricorn In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2011
    What should we do about this?

    One of girls just finished sitting 21 days as of yesterday. Sure enough, 3 out of 5 eggs hatched. This morning we went in to check on her and she had kicked all three out of the nest and was sitting on the remaining two eggs. (Which are duds)

    ((The one chick that survived the cold night is under a new mom, and looks like he might make it.))

    Is this normal remotely acceptable for a first timer? She's still broody; would it be better to break her brood or is it worth trying again?

  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Break the broody and try again with her some time in the future. I don't know how common her behavior is, but she has been sitting for a long enough stretch and needs to get back to normal life with the flock.

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