Dead Chick Question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by piggywolf, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. piggywolf

    piggywolf New Egg

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    So earlier today, I came to check on my hen. I saw a piece of an egg shell and actually squealed out loud, but when I saw the chick, my excitement died down. The chick was dead, and there were a few drops of blood around it. It was upside down and seemed to still be wet. So, my question is: do any of you have an idea on the cause of it's death? I probably gave very little details, but the hen is slightly bigger than the rooster (that we gave away). This seemed to be the only hatched egg, so I might update this in case another chick hatches.
     
  2. piggywolf

    piggywolf New Egg

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    Update: I returned to see if anything new happened. My hen had dry blood on her beak. I was waiting for my dad to get up since I'm a wimp and could never even touch that corpse.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would try and keep the hen under surveillance - some hens do not make good mothers, and will kill or eat their chicks. If necessary you will have to take any hatched chicks away from her and make a brooder for them with heat lamp.
     
  5. sabrina11

    sabrina11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How's it going?
     
  6. piggywolf

    piggywolf New Egg

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    So, my hen did in fact kill two of her chicks. We removed the rest of the eggs from her, and they are now under a heat lamp and nearby.
     
  7. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That happened to me last year with my cochin hen. She has since become acquainted with the term "Chicken pie". As has been said, some hens aren't mothering material. My belief is that if the hen fails that first try to be a mom, especially by killing her young, she doesn't get a second chance.
     
  8. sabrina11

    sabrina11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any idea how old these are?
     
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    sabrina11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. sabrina11

    sabrina11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one is completely black up to this point
     

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