Is broody hen suffocating chicks??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tuesday2000, May 31, 2018.

  1. tuesday2000

    tuesday2000 In the Brooder

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    In 2 years I've had chickens only one hen has gone broody and she's been a great mom. Now 2 other hens at the same time are sitting on eggs - to make it more confusing they apparently kept taking eggs from others so the eggs are all on different days. A few days ago I checked in and one perfect, dried and fluffed up chick was dead under the hen. One had just pipped so I took the dead baby and left her alone. I went back a few hours later and the pipped chick had apparently suffocated. Yesterday I found a chick dead and still half in the shell but in the yard!! So another pipped today and I took it from her and have it in my incubator. Should I even give the chick to her? Is this common for a new mom? My other girl was so perfect I never even thought about problems like this. Thank you for reading this!!
     
  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    Were the two broodies have access to one another? It could be that they are fighting to raise/brood the eggs and chicks. I have 4 broodies and they’re all separated by mini made up rooms until they can all integrate again.
     
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  3. tuesday2000

    tuesday2000 In the Brooder

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    Yes just a small half-wall separates them. Ok so a broody hen needs to be completely separated from the flock until the chicks are a certain age?
     
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yes. I separate till Chicks are about 3 to 5 days and then introduce Momma and Chicks to the flock.
     

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