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not 2 days & 1 chick dead 2 in box

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mom2to, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. mom2to

    mom2to Out Of The Brooder

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    is it me or my chickens? does anyone else have this problem: my chickens would rather sit on their nest than call it good and show the chicks that hatched how to eat/drink. how soon do you throw away the "extra" eggs and make them see that's all the chicks they are getting? i had three hatch and one was on the ground outside dead, one was on the ground outside alive, and one was under the chicken still. i got the two chicks and put them in a box in the house and left her with her eggs.

    pic of 2 chicks in box
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Not all hens make good mothers. Some do, some don't. And you can't teach the hens either. I have never tried hatching eggs under a broody, but many folks on here have. And many times the hens do exactly as you have described, sometimes killing the babies.

    So I would raise these babies by yourself and let the hens "play house" without the real thing....chicks. [​IMG]
     

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