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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bmldeal, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. bmldeal

    bmldeal In the Brooder

    Aloha all, I'm looking for some needed advice here please. I've been raising chickens for 3 yrs now and have had much success on letting the mommas take care of their new ones. But now I have a momma that likes to peck the eggs open. The chick is way early by I'm guessing a week or two. They are alive but she gets them out of the shell and then pushes the baby off to the side to die. So far she's killed 7. There is still 15 eggs under her and she does have one rambunctious chick. My question is: Is there something I can do to give these little ones a chance to live? I don't have an incubator but do have heat lamps. I will welcome any and all suggestions. Mahalo (thank you)

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Do you have another broody hen that you could put the eggs under? I don't see what you could do unless you had an incubator......That's so sad. Bad mama hen!
  3. bmldeal

    bmldeal In the Brooder

    Thank you for the reply. Yes she is a bad mama! I do have one more but she has a chick of her own now also. I will try and move all the eggs under her to see if she will sit on them. Thanks again for the advice.
  4. Jessorr2

    Jessorr2 Chirping

    Jun 2, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    I would definitely invest in a incubator!!!
    That's such an unfortunate situation
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    x2 you need to get them in a bator right away to save them if you don't have another broody hen. If she won't raise them then you'll need to set up a brooder too.

    Here's some links on this.

    Good luck and welcome!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry about your bad broody. Not all hens make good momma's. Hopefully the other hen you have will take care of them, but usually when they have chicks, they don't incubate much after the chick or chicks are hatched. If not, an incubator is your only answer for the future.

    Good luck and I hope you get some of these eggs to hatch with a different momma!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014

  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear of your troubles, best of luck to you.
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. So sorry about the problems your having with your bad mother hen. Feel free to ask any more questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your chicks.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the problems you are having with the bad broody, good luck saving the rest of the eggs.

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