- May 10, 2015
Ok, two problems! 1) We have a Buff Orpington hen and she had ruined her eggs that she was sitting (she kept getting on and off at first) so we swapped out for some bantams and some large breed mixed eggs. Well, they started hatching yesterday and she began KILLING the chicks as they hatched!!! By the time we found her she had completely eaten 3 chicks, killed 1 and shoved 4 eggs out of the nest. We threw the remaining eggs into the incubator where they are hatching now. WHY WOULD SHE DO THIS!?!?!?!? and now 2) We stuck her back with our Buff Orpington rooster so she would go back to laying and he beat the snot out of her! He's always been a gentle, excellent rooster. Great with the ladies usually. We've put hens that were still clucking with roosters before and the roosters didn't treat them that way. Why is he beating her? I'm talking the back of her head is scalped and bleeding. We have her separated off so she can heal.