Newbie needs help!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hoytantarian, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Hoytantarian

    Hoytantarian Hatching

    Jun 14, 2010
    We have a mama Silkie that had 2 babies, in a tote to keep them safe, and found out this morning one of them had died! I'm wondering if the mama killed it... looks like she might have tried to bury it?? Should there be concern about the remaining baby? Anything would be helpful! We've tried to introduce them back into the flock, but our rooster attacked the Mom... not sure what to do??

  2. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    I would put the remaining chick in a brooder and raise it yourself if you suspect mom killed its sibling. Sometimes new mother hens get confused and do silly things like kill their babies. Hard to say though.

    I would brood the chick yourself and put mom back in the flock. Are you sure the rooster is attacking her seriously and not just re-establishing pecking order?
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Great Snag is right...sometimes the rooster will appear to attack a broody hen, but I think they are more or less just establishing the pecking order and trying to get the hen back to a breeding frame of mind.

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