This is just a question to while away the hours so if there are more important threads, please take care of ill birds and stuff first. I was just wondering about little chicks that die of stress/broken heart? Do you think tube feeding them would work until they come out of their funk? The reason I ask is I had a chicken raise my first 3 baby peas. Only thing about that was my pea hens nurture their young for around 7 to 8 months. My chicken was done at about 2 months. I couldn't get her to accept them back no matter what. One literally cried herself to death. The other two Still follow this hen around but at a distance. Do you think if I had tube fed her it would have helped? I noticed my peachicks get very resentful when chicken moms reject them. Little funny story on Question and Answer.. .. Chicken mom had decided she was done and started sitting on a new clutch of eggs. After a week I found her hiding place and took them away. So she was walking about the yard, when Question grabbed her by her head ruff and swung her in a full circle!!! It was hilarious! He really was telling her straighten her rear up and be a mom!!! After that she acted as if nothing had happened and went back to taking care of them! This was about 2 1/2 months of age.