- Apr 20, 2013
I have a free range flock of about 10 birds. I had a bantam that was missing for a couple of days. I found her dead and buried under a mix of wood shavings and dried manure on the floor of the chicken coop. I suspected fowl play as there had been a cranky broody hen sitting on eggs for about two weeks in that corner of the coop. I would guess the bantam got too close and was attacked by the nesting hen. I discovered all this when I noticed that the broody hen had moved to a different clutch of eggs and that there were no eggs where she had been previously. I sifted through the wood shavings and manure where her nest had been and found the eggs buried along with the bantam (grizzly discovery!). I checked the abandoned eggs and none of them had developing chicks (we do have a rooster). Either the hen was trying to cover up the crime or some natural instinct was involved. Anyone ever run into something like this?