Polish hen actually hatched chicks HELP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Silkie Sue, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Standard WC black Polish hen who has been sitting on eggs. They are not known for their motherlyness/

    Well today 3 of them hatched.
    2 of the chicks were behind the doghouse that they were born in which i thought was strange, do you think they were chased out by the hen? and i found another inside the house, on his back, about half a foot away from the hen and i thought he was dead.
    i picked him up and he has almost all the skin on his back is raw ( not bleeding but all the fuzz is gone)
    i put him in my bra and decided to put the 2 others back under the hen. i watched for a while and all seemed good, so i left them; it was getting dark so i figure they should be okay til morning/
    i put the half dead guy in the brooder and put polysporin and a piece of gauze on his back. he seemed to be getting a little livelier just before i came in to write this.

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    what do you think i should do?
    i don't want to take the chicks away from the hen if i don't have to but i don't want her to kill them all either.
    anyone been in this situation???
     
  2. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are going to keep one in the brooder anyway, I'd put the other two with her. Doesn't sound like she is doing a great job, and you are right, they aren't known for their motherliness! Good luck.
     
  3. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was kinda thinking that,,,,, but i will leave it for tonite, i am going out in a minute to check the little one in the brooder. its sad that he is alone but the others might pick at his back anyway.
    i will make my decision in the morning
    keep you posted.
    thankyou
     
  4. Mikey D

    Mikey D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know overall it's not but..

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  5. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    update....
    the little half dead guy with the bald back was all dead this morning. [​IMG]
    i came home at lunch time and the hen was out of the doghouse with 5 babies under her.(going to get pics) and another one was out of the enclosure [​IMG] on its back but did not have a bald back. he is now in the brooder and i left the others with the hen. she seems to be good with them so far... [​IMG]
    BRB
     

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