Help help quick! Momma picking egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Supermommy486, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have babies hatching and I went to go check on Momma only to find her pecking at where one of her eggs has piped...I turned the egg around and put it a little bit further under her so she couldn't see it but is this normal?
    If so then no big deal but I want to make sure she isn't going to hurt it. FYI the membrane has been piped through as well.

    THANK YOU!!
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I have no idea if this is normal. I did have one hen who ate/killed the second chick to hatch. Not sure why though. I took all the other eggs out. The first chick had gotten out of the nest and couldn't get back in so I figure she though she was done hatching. It was her first time.

    I'm not sure if moms help chicks hatch or not. I have one hatching chicks now but don't intefere unless I see something amiss such as previously stated.
     
  3. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I will keep a very watchful eye then. This is also a first time Momma so I'm a little nervous.
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watched our Chicklet help one of her chicks out of its egg. It made me nervous, but I didn't intervene. She hatched out all of her five eggs, all survived and grew up healthy, happy and strong, and Chicklet was a wonderful mother.

    So it's possible.
     
  5. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, that makes me feel a lot better. I will sit back and watch...THANKS!
     

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