HELP! My hen is picking on my chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KellyHM, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's the situation....

    I got a Silkie hen a couple of weeks ago and she came with 2 chicks. One of the chicks died (don't know why) but the other one is doing fine. Yesterday I got a new chick to replace the one I lost and I knew the hen wouldn't take it in, but now she's beating it up! She won't stop chasing it around and pecking it! I know that establishment of a pecking order is normal, but this just seems excessive. The poor thing can't come out of it's hiding spot without her going after it. What should I do?
     
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    nothing you can do but separate them or let the hen work it out, problem is she could kill the other chick. She dosnt care about the size , you introduced a strange element into her area and she is protecting her chick, this is important, she is not establishing pecking order, she is protecting her chick, that why she could actually kill the new bird.
     
  3. Psittizen Shikkin

    Psittizen Shikkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now you need to get another chick to keep the extra one you already have company. [​IMG]
     
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, that's the problem...I'm just going to keep adding chickens until everybody's happy! I just wanted a couple and I already have 6...what's one more, right?
     
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, I decided just to bring both the chicks in so they'll at least have each other. The one I took away from mom isn't happy, but I guess she'll get over it. Here they are in their new temporary home...

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  6. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I think you did the absolute right thing by taking both chicks away from Mama hen. They'll both be fine together and it'll give you a chance to tame them, which i think makes caring for them that much easier.

    I've read that the hens only look after babies for about 6 weeks before they push them away anyway although I'm no expert.

    Good Luck!
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008

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