Can a Chicken mother to death?

Helen29

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 30, 2011
34
0
22
Rochford
Hi all,
I was concerned about mixing my younger and older chicks but I needed have been they all get on like a house on fire. So much so that I'm concerned, one of the 16 week old chickens perches (straddles very uncomfortably) over two of my younger (not so small 7 week old) chicks at night. While this is all very sweet, I have one question. Can it squash them? I don't want to wake up one morning and find the smaller chicks mothered to death. Is this normal, What do you think?
Thanks in advance for your time.
 

Laurajean

Slightly Touched
9 Years
Apr 2, 2010
4,304
16
221
New Hampshire
I don't think it's likely that they would smother them, but picking on can happen. Sounds like it's going fine, I'd just keep a close eye.
 

Southernbelle

Gone Broody
12 Years
Mar 17, 2008
5,905
13
274
Virginia
I agree with LauraJean. At 7 weeks old, the younger chicks can take it. In all likelyhood, they're probably the ones snuggling under the bigger bird and not the bigger bird choosing to sit on them.
 

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