Momma hen pecking and not keeping new hatchlings warm!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gonzo, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Last night we had a few babies hatch out, I ended up having to set up a brooder because momma wouldn't care for them and would peck them! Why does this happen? I can't believe she did that!
    now I have them in a brooder and they're doing great...

  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I've had a first time broody who was an abysmal mother. I swore I would never let her brood again. We called her "the chick flinger". If that gives you any idea of how terrible she was.

    I did give her eggs again, out of desperation, the next year. (None of my good broodies wanted to brood.) She was a great mother. I have no idea why she was so bad the first time. Too young?
  3. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    shes 2.5 yrs old. the gal I got them from used to sell their hatching eggs. I don't think she was ever allowed to keep any to hatch out herself.

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