chicks dying at birth


6 Years
Aug 6, 2013
Has anyone got any advice as to why I have had 5 fully formed chicks die under 2 mothers?? They have all been out or almost out of the shell and appear as if they could have been smothered. 1 was found on Sunday, 2 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday and another one today. All were under the mother except 1 which looked as tho she had thrown it out. I though it could have been shavings dust killing them but have put a layer of hay down on top of the sawdust and they have made nice dish shaped nests. I rehomed these Moran hens so they could be inexperienced mothers??? After 3 chicks died, I have shut out Mr Cockeral and the other hens so they are not being disturbed. Run out of ideas now!! Any ideas would be appreciated. Many thanks.
Being they been in the nest 4 days, the one that looked thrown out probably jumped out.
Just a WAG but your big footed hen probably stepped on the other bittys, especially if the other hens & rooster were disturbing her by trying to get in the nest box to lay, etc.

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