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Sadness! First chick hatched. 24 hrs died. I need some help.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beana1225, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. beana1225

    beana1225 In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    While back Buff got broody. Sat for a week. I was all excited. Went out a week later when I caught her eating and as you can guess. No eggs. But she went right back in to sitting. So I got my other buff egg that day and put it under her. Next day same thing. Well the first egg I found broken at about 2 weeks. But yesterday at 21 days baby chick. It was healthy and under mom. Well tonight I couldn't hear the chirping and hubby and I checked and it was dead under mom. Important note. We have a pair of bantams. And for some reason the bantam started laying eggs under buff last week. I did not know this and was on vacation. Yesterday when I checked for the chick mom had bantam eggs under her. She is still sitting. I am wondering if the sitting on the eggs is different than the way she sits on chicks (I would assume so) and if that smothered the chick. I know they keep the chicks under them but would assume they would have to let more air in for the chick than an egg. I am checking for new eggs so that no more are laid under her. We are very upset. And have to give my 8 year old an answer in the morning. And would like to have a real answer. Welcome to the world of chickens.
  2. Charlene1234

    Charlene1234 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2008
    I'm new to this as well so I would love to see what someone else thinks too... I have no idea.
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    I am so sorry for your disappointment. I had chickens myself 25 yrs ago, but never raised little ones from a broody hen. All I can remember is that my Mama would not let a hen (RIR) set on just 1 or 2 eggs because she said the hen would squash the chicks when they hatched. Now you have to remember this was in the 1950's and my Mama is gone and I was 7 years old. She tried to keep a Bantam hen and sneak large eggs under her when she got broody. The only thing I can think of is that a larger hen like a RIR or a BO is a heavy and one chick tends to get too far under mama inadvertently setting itself up for asphixiation.
    Don't give up on raising little ones. I doubt it was the hen's fault, more likely just the situation.

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