HELP...hen killing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by krudolph, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. krudolph

    krudolph In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2008
    southern Indiana
    Hope I'm posting this in the right place. Have a BR hen brooding 17 (at last count) eggs. Yesterday (due date by my calculations, but I'm new at this and clueless) found a half-hatched egg on the floor of the coop with developed chick, dead. This morning when I checked on her she has one chick, live, and was in the process of attacking another that had hatched. Sadly, she killed it before I could get it out in time. Hubby says maybe nature was taking its course and there was something wrong with it. But my heart is broken! Question: should I remove the remaining eggs and hatched chick, put them under a heat lamp and see what happens? Or should I just leave her alone? Why would she do this? Please help![​IMG]
  2. cristina33

    cristina33 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I personaly would check on her often and take the chicks away......thats what i would do

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