Mamma stomps on hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RM44, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    I have an awesome 3 y/o broody. Never let her hatch until this year. She hatched two and we took them because she will not come down on the floor (broods only in the net box 2.5 feet high) and we are afraid the chicks will jump and fall when they become active.

    Well we have used the broody for a staggered hatch and now she jumps out of the box often (probably tired of hatching). When we go into the house to check food and water for the flock the broody runs back in and jumps into the box sometimes stomping the cracked (hatching) eggs. She killed one, and fortunately one other survived the stomping. There is only one egg left under her and I don't intend to put more this time around.

    Does this happen sometimes or do I have a bad mother? She is so good with a baby and with us when we check/ monitor her. Is she just having a bad accident or should we stop letting her hatch?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014

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