Hen eating dead chick????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MotherHen75, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Songster

    Dec 18, 2018
    South Carolina
    So, long story short my broody hen was sitting on six eggs, four hatched. One eggs was infertile and another didn’t absorb the yolk and died in the shell, which we didn’t know. We left them in there for a couple days since late hatching is pretty common, she gave up on them and started freaking eating it! She loves her four alive babies but what the heck. Is this normal??
  2. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

    May 24, 2018
    She was probably just trying to clean out the nest, many prey animals will eat their dead young as a hygiene measure and to avoid attracting predators. So yeah, pretty normal.
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Yes, it's normal, they are nasty that way. :sick
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