my broody hen just killed one of her chicks...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Camellia, May 19, 2019.

  1. Camellia

    Camellia Songster

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    i checked my hen at around 9:30 pm, she was doing fine with her 2 chicks. Went back out 30 minutes ago, 1 chick was missing. The one chick she has now is being abused by the hen. I'm lost, I honestly thought this was going to work but I guess not

    I looked everywhere around the coop and could not fine the chick that went missing. What do I do?? What went wrong?? :(
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Not every hen knows what to do, or what chicks are. It's important they are watched those first few days. Is she with other birds? That can cause problems too.

    You will need to pull the remaining chick and brood it. Hopefully you can find somewhere to get another chick or two so it isn't alone.
     
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    2x oldhenlikesdogs ...

    Are these her hatches?
    First time Mama?
    Placed chicks?
     
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  4. Camellia

    Camellia Songster

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    first time everything, she's only a year old. Im going to check later today to see if anything has changed, there are still eggs underneath her that haven't hatched yet and I don't have an incubator. I'll probably separate her in a couple hours ( it's very early in the morning right now and it's raining)

    edit: not her eggs they are bantams
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    We're these eggs all set the same day?
     
  6. Camellia

    Camellia Songster

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    no, they were set 1-2 days apart
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Are you gonna pull chicks as they hatch? That's what I would do at this point. Let her hatch them but you raise them.
     
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  8. Camellia

    Camellia Songster

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    definitely. I cant risk losing any more.
     
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Is she separated from the flock during this hatching process?
     
  10. Cayuga ducks

    Cayuga ducks In the Brooder

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    My Cayuga duck does the same thing soon a so they start to hatch she kills them. What I do it soon as they internal pipe I bring them inside and let them hatch make sure it’s warm and moist. Next year I’m buying a incubator it’s a lot of work and I find they are weaker when you take them away but only takes about a week to get their strength up.
     
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