Mama hen treating chicks like a snack bar...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dahlia333, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. dahlia333

    dahlia333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    I have a mama hen who hatched out some bantam Polish chicks. Mama hen is a bantam faverolle. Well, the chicks are 3 weeks old and their feathers are starting to come in on their heads. Mama keeps pulling them out. Don't know if there is much I can do except separate them but the whole point was to have her raise the chicks. I'm really bummed.
    I did put some blue kote on their heads. Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem with a non-Polish mama raising Polish chicks.
    I don't think they make chicken helmets [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    At 3 weeks she may be through with mothering them, and this may be her way of "kicking them out of the house." If the blukote doesn't stop the feather picking I guess you'll have to keep them separate. Chickens with "top knots" often have this problem when living with other chickens.

    I don't think they make chicken helmets, either. [​IMG]
  3. dahlia333

    dahlia333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    Thanks for the reply. I was hoping it wouldn't be an issue.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Sadly enough other chickens, evidently mother hens included, seem to think that the crests of Polish chickens are for plucking. It happens frequently in mixed flocks. Maybe the others are just jealous.
  5. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Quote:Agree with happens more times than Not....last resort B4 you break them up....Try VICKs Vapor rub...A tiny bi on the area she is plucking...will give her a VERY bad taste and sometimes stops the behavior [​IMG]

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