Too many chicks for one mother?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SilkieCanada, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Ive got about 14 chicks which are a couple weeks old and they are all hiding under their mother at night. I found a dead one this morning. Do you think its possible there are too many under her and they are getting squished?

  2. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Songster

    Feb 22, 2010
    My hen had 14 chicks and they all did great. Sure the chick was dehydrated or weak to begin with and passed? Could be the temps, too.
    I had the same hen another time that kept squishing her chicks and it was a snake that was trying to get to them....not trying to scare you...just could be many scenarios. maybe someone else will chime in with some other ideas. Good luck with the rest!
  3. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Crowing

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    Having a multiutde of chicks "the natural way" is just mother Natures way to ensure some will survive. It is just survival of the fittest. Althought to us humans it bites sometimes....[​IMG]

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