Hens killing chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Chelle, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Chicken Chelle

    Chicken Chelle New Egg

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    I have several hens setting. The eggs have started hatching, but they are pecking the babies after they hatch and throwing them out of the nest. I have rescued some and the ones that I have rescued seem fine. They are not just picking one color or type they are going after, it's all of them. I don't think that it is just one hen that is doing it. Most are repeat mommies. I was just wondering if anyone knows why they have started doing this? Could it be the heat? It has been in the triple digits the past few days. I have fans in the coop. Any thoughts would be appreciated, I'm just puzzled. Thanks!
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I always remove a setting hen from other hens to reduce the stress on her and keep the hatchlings safe.

    Matt
     

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