other hens and roo reacting to babies???????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tsagirl, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2007
    My flock is made up of one very non-aggressive(actually passive) buff silke rooster and then I have half silke hens and half standard hens. ....sooooooo....

    My broody NN hen will be hatching chicks hopefully in 11 days and I was wondering if the other chickens will kill the chicks? Kinda worried.

    What do you all think or what have any of your experenced? [​IMG]

    I just want them all to be safe. [​IMG]
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Yes, they can kill the babies. I separate my broody and babies in what I call the nursery for about a month, where the others can see them but not get them.

    then let them out. Mom will protect them for a while and then chase them off to fend for themselves. By this time they are able to fend for themselves.

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