In the Brooder
- Dec 17, 2008
Had one of my bantams hatch a small clutch of eggs and her protectiveness has made it near impossible to check on, feed and water the chicks without jeopardizing their safety. Tried going at night with a very dim red light and she still managed to see enough to start her protective strut which has her strutting and scratching the ground wildly tossing chicks and burying them in bedding. Once she settles and the chicks try to get back under her wings she'll aggressively peck at them. When they're under her again all is well until I try to feed, water, or just check on them, then it's all over again. I've had another hen, a brahma, mother chicks and had no problems, and I've been wished good luck by a neighboring farmer when I told him the bantam had hatched her eggs. Should I probably just throw in the towel and take the chicks away and keep them in my house where I can take care of them, or trust that she'll handle it? I can't even check to see if they're eating or drinking since every time I open the door to check she starts her dance!