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Is she eating them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mackenziesmomma, May 14, 2009.

  1. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    As of Monday, my broody hen has been sitting on eggs for 3 weeks. Some eggs were added along the way (pencil rubs off eggs so I just left all the eggs in the nest).

    She is now by herself in a cage within the coop.

    This morning when I checked on her I noticed there were a few broken shells but no little chickies.

    Where'd they go? Could she be eating them?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
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    She could be but if anything is eating them, I would bet it is other chickens if they chicks are able to get out of the cage. If in a dogcrate type cage and the chicks can squeeze through, other chickens might just see something small running and grab it. ? If they can not get out, I have heard of moms not taking very good care of youngins, but that is usaully rare.
     
  3. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply. It is a plastic type dog crate on top of another cage, so the chicks can't get out.

    How disapointing... [​IMG]
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Could they(the broken eggs) have possibly been a newer egg that happened to get broken or an older one that didnt develope? Hopeing for the best. [​IMG]
     

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