hen smothered her chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cherand7, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. cherand7

    cherand7 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    my standard cochin hen is hatching her first time and she must have sat on the first chick. It was perfect and I heard it peeping before I left for work but at lunch I found it dead. the other eggs haven't hatched yet. What should I do???? Is this normal??
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Sometimes large, heavy hens with feathered feet inadvertently step on and kill chicks or break hatching eggs. It is common to use game hens or silkies to hatch the eggs of such large birds.

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