Can a Chicken mother to death?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Helen29, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Helen29

    Helen29 Out Of The Brooder

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    May 30, 2011
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    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.
     
  2. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    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.
     
  3. Helen29

    Helen29 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, i will.
     
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    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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