Does my hen have NO maternial instinct????? Help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Meat Hunter, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Meat Hunter

    Meat Hunter Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Have a barred rock hen that went broody a few weeks back. So far, she has stepped on or crushed 5 eggs that appear to have gone full term in the incubation process. All 5 chicks dead. Three more were just starting to break out this morning. When she gets back on the nest, she carelessly walks across them???? Is that normal? There are only 9 eggs left, 6 of them unhatched. I helped break these 3 free a bit so they had a better chance of getting up an around before she crushes them. All 3 are 3/4 of the way out of their shell, chirping and seem to be doing well so far. Should I remove them and place them in their own separate pen with a light?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I guess it depends on how closely you can monitor all this. Some broodies are just better mamas than others. I have seen them walk all over the eggs and I have seen them carefully step over them.

    Brooding them separately would no doubt be safer -- but she may do just fine with them, once they are hatched.

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