Chick Murder!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by karenmragan, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. karenmragan

    karenmragan Chirping

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    Hello everyone, to fill you in I have a couple of broodies sitting together and they just hatched three chicks yesterday. Well the nest they chose happens to be one of the favorite of the flock. I did not seal it off because I figured the moms would shoo away any other hens.

    I come in there a few hours into the morning and one of the other hens (non-broody) is pecking one of the chicks. I quickly shooed her away and picked up the chick. It was still alive but seemed to have a broken neck. I was horrified.

    Can anyone explain this strange behavior? What can I do to prevent this from happening? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  2. AltonaAcres

    AltonaAcres Songster

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    Are your broody hens still sitting on their remaining eggs, or are they "parenting" their chick? If they are still interested in hatching the remaining eggs, they may not be ready to get off their nest and start guarding and teaching the chick.
     
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  3. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    Block off the nest area, one thing is never to let them nest in laying boxes , especially when it's the favorite box. I made a separate area away from the laying boxes for the hens to brood and also did a Dog kennel one as had 2 at one time go broody. the nice thing about the dog kennel one it is easier to keep the others outta her area and away from the chicks. They are able to see and talk to the flock so they don't really loose their spot in the flock.
     
  4. karenmragan

    karenmragan Chirping

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    Yes they are still on their remaining eggs. I think I might just move one of them to mom duty and have the other one finish the hatch.
     
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  5. karenmragan

    karenmragan Chirping

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    18-09.jpg Great idea, I'm still learning and I appreciate your help!
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Other Birds that are not Broody do not understand the Peeps so like all chickens they will kill it. Definitely separate Momma from the flock. A Broody Hen if given the choice will go off to lay eggs and set far from the flock and will only bring chicks back when up and running with her..
     
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