This can't just happen here....so I'm posting to see who else is having this problem. My silkies raise a lot of babies each year. Every one that goes broody, is allowed to raise babies. I have 13 hens. I sell a lot of chicks and letting them raise the chicks keeps everyone happy. (I never take all the chicks away to sell...always leave them with 1 or 2 to raise till they start laying again.) Today when I sent my son out to feed the broodys/babies he came back with a dead 4 day old chick with fluffy dark lavender feathers wrapped around it's neck. Now normally, I hear them screaming and go out and free them when this happens but I was working today. I didn't hear any shreeking when I got home, so I'm guessing it happened between 10 and 4. What has been happening is the babies get the mommy's belly feathers wrapped around their neck. Momma drags them around (shreeking) till they either suffocate, break their neck...or I save them. How in the world do I stop this? I have saved probably 4 this summer and lost 2. I don't even understand how it happens since most of the broodys pluck their bellies bare! I have been just shrugging it off as something that happens, but this was a special chick that both my son and I wanted to keep. I gave it to one of my best broodys to raise....and of course out of her 6 chicks, that was the one. I'm sad every time we loose one, don't get me wrong. Dalton really wanted this chick though. I brought its twin in (almost twin...more black on this one) to the brooder....but Pooka is a good mamma bird, I know it wasn't her! UGH So frustrated! So tell me....has anyone else had this happen?