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Help!! Broody has attcked a chick!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ~goingcluckcrazy~, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. ~goingcluckcrazy~

    ~goingcluckcrazy~ In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2011
    Well I fostered on 3 chicks to her as she only had four. She accepted them and then after 6 hours the different coloured black one has a massive gash in s/he head you can see bone [​IMG] ! It is the only black one in the bunch. She is a Rhode Island Red and this is her first time being a broody... I took the chick and it is by itself in a catcage under a lamp seperated from the other chicks. I was watching her and she was pecking another on the head... Should I remove the chicks? And how can I help the wee chick more? Or should it be put to sleep

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If the injured one is eating / drinking at all, it may do fine. Chickens are pretty resilient critters.

    I prefer to have my broodies raise their own, but I suspect in this case you may have to remove them all. Sometimes they just don't seem to have the instinct in place to care for them. I also had one broody kill all her chicks.
  3. djennings

    djennings Songster

    Jun 10, 2011
    Sabine Pass, TX.
    Rhode Island Reds are feisty hens, I would not even attempt to let any one of the 10 hens I have take care of chicks.
  4. jbourget

    jbourget Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    yep. take em away
  5. workinnanie

    workinnanie Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    Agree. Take um away![​IMG]
  6. IdealisticRoo

    IdealisticRoo Chicken Tender

    Oct 18, 2010
    I had a broody (Black silkie mix) kill the only black Silkie mix chick. [​IMG]

    I don't know why they do it, but I agree that they should be taken away. [​IMG]

    For me, having a broody that will actually sit on eggs for 21 days is only 1/2 the battle! Will they actually raise them is the second half. [​IMG]

    I have a white Silkie who is doing a great job of mothering her 2 babies, who are almost as big as she is now! She still manages to hide 1 under each wing!

    My last broody had to have her babies taken away, because she would scratch for food and fling babies everywhere!!! [​IMG]
  7. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    what a shame to. They are 1/2 way convenient. You still have to raise them by hand basically after they hatch! [​IMG]

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