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dead chick wrapped around mother

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickener, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. chickener

    chickener Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 26, 2009
    I went to let the chicks and mother out this morning and the mother came running out with a baby wrapped around her feathers dead.
    Does anybody no what could have happened?
    Is there anything I can do to stop this happening again.

    this is the third chick ive lost, a rat took the other 2. I really dont want to lose anymore, help me
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Unfortunately I've seen this before. Last spring my BO hatched a huge clutch. She's a big fluffy girl, and had lots of babies zooming in and out of her feathers. I had one get tangled in those feathers and die. It was so tangled I had to cut it off her. Short of shaving your poor hen bald, I don't think there's really much you can do. Sometimes they just do the dumbest things and pass on because of it. Im so sorry about your chicks [​IMG]
  3. chickener

    chickener Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 26, 2009
    Thanks for the reply
    ye i thought thats what might have done it, the chick was very tangled so i did have to cut it off
    Should i cut her feathers back a bit to prevent this happening again??
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:I wouldn't. This is really pretty unusual. Also, it's always possible the chick was sick or even died of natural causes and then got tangled.

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