Strangling chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Johnny Twoshoes, May 13, 2011.

  1. Johnny Twoshoes

    Johnny Twoshoes New Egg

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    We have had three different silky clutches this year, 18 chick in all. [​IMG]
    Thankfully all the chicks have been very healthy, happy little babies.[​IMG]
    But, with two of the clutches we had to take the chicks away because they were getting caught up and strangled in their moms fluffy feathers [​IMG] (I know that can't be the technical name [​IMG]).
    I've never heard of this, but the chicks were actually dangling from their mom, quick action saved 3, but we unfortunately lost one.

    Is this common in silky chickens, and if so how would/could you prevent this?

    Thanks for any info shared.
     
  2. phantomml

    phantomml Out Of The Brooder

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    Silkies aren't always the most reliable broodys used as the chicks can sometimes get entangled in the hen's fluff, which leads them to strangle and die, but they have a very calm temperament for raising chicks. Or so I have read.
     
  3. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have always heard they are excellent broodies. [​IMG]
     
  4. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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