Oh no! New broody mama is trying to kill her chicks. Now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cerise1924, Jul 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM.

  1. Cerise1924

    Cerise1924 Songster

    Aug 22, 2016
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Lemondrop the Orpington has been the most dedicated broody imaginable, not leaving the nest box at all. I've hand fed her the last three weeks.

    Today is Day 20, and I went to check on her and discovered a chick just hatching. Lemondrop discovered it, too and instantly began to attack it viciously. I scooped it up and tried to quietly slip it under her once she re-settled on the eggs, but she went after it again, so I set up and emergency brooder and brought it in the house to finish hatching.

    Now, there are eight other eggs under her ready to hatch today or tomorrow. What do I do? Please help! I was so looking forward to having her raise the chicks.

    Do I:
    -Take each chick as they hatch, before she attacks them?
    -Wait and see if she does better with the others?
    -Try again to give this one back to her?
    -Try to get an experienced hen mama (the one that hatched Lemondrop) to either hatch the eggs or raise the chicks? (She's not broody now, though, so I doubt that would work.)
    -Any other ideas?

    Thanks for any help you can give.
  2. roosterhavoc

    roosterhavoc Free Ranging

    Jan 5, 2012
    Take them as they hatch. Time consuming and aggravating but if you want to keep the chicks that’s the best way. You’ll probably end up having to raise them yourself.
    BirdsBeesTrees likes this.

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