Chick with broken neck. Can mama hen break bones?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheChips, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. TheChips

    TheChips Chirping

    Sep 28, 2013
    Well sadly my bantom hen had a baby chick last week under the extreme cold weather we have been having.

    I went outside to check on the chick and she was laying sideways unable to move. I saw her wings lift once. But seems like her neck was broken. She didnt lift it up.

    I dont know if the cold got to her, or if the mama hen accidentally broke her neck trying to keep her warm.

    Well shortly after the chick died. The coop was decently warm and the mama hen and the baby chick were separated from the others in a closed off area with proper ventilation. I had a warm area for them. But would like to know if its possible for hens to accidentally i jure the chicks. Or if it was just the cold that got to her body.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Possible but not probable especially with a bantam hen. I would guess that somehow the chick got chilled.
  3. TheChips

    TheChips Chirping

    Sep 28, 2013
    I had checked on them a few hours before and everything was okay. I feel pretty bad about this. I should have brought them inside this week.
  4. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Songster

    Aug 11, 2014
    Magnolia, Texas
    Sometimes, hens can become homicidal (chick-cidal?) and kill their chicks. Usually, it happens immediately upon hatching.

    If her neck was broken, I doubt she'd be able to move her wings at all... She would probably die instantly.

    It sounds to me like she couldn't get back under mama. Bantams are typically great mothers. :( So sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. pjwood67

    pjwood67 Chirping

    Dec 12, 2012
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Look up wry neck that would be my guess along with the cold weather. I bet it was a Silkie. My friend has a lot of trouble with wry neck in her silkies and she is obsessive with mixing her feed with extra vitamins, calcium, you name it.

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