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What to do with mama hen after baby dies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ImNotYogi, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found my 3 week old baby chick dead this afternoon after work. The mama hen is still wandering around and will cluck to call the baby over if she finds something. My question is when will she go out of "mama hen" mode and go back to normal? Do I let it happen naturally or try to force it? I feel bad for her. It's almost like watching a kid look for a lost dog.
     
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there
    You can buy a few chicks and
    Pop them under her wing when she is asleep at night
    Or you can break her broodyness by
    Putting he in a metal cadge raised off the ground
    With just food and water and this should stop her
    Goodluck
     
  3. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss. I like the other idea about popping babies under her wing.
     
  4. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She won't go out of it naturally? Or would that just be unhealthy for her? Other than trying to call the baby over she acts normal with eating and drinking.
     
  5. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might break out of hit naturally
    But this may take longer than breaking
    Her on purpose
     
  6. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The local feed store had some people selling chicks this past weekend but I don't want to run the risk of more roosters since they're all straight run. Also the possibility of her not accepting them?
     
  7. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes there is a possibility of her not accepting them
    I have done this many times when I was in the same situation as you
    And it all worked out perfectly
    If you decide to get chicks when will you get them?
    I would say you should get them soon if that's what your doing
     
  8. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt I'm going to get more chicks. I reluctantly allowed her to hatch this one out since this is my first flock. She went broody before turning a year old. Would it hurt her to let her go out of it on her own? I might just rig up a broody breaker tomorrow. I hate watching her trying to call a chick that I know isn't going to come running.
     
  9. ImNotYogi

    ImNotYogi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found someone around me selling 3 week old chicks. Would that work? Are they too old for adoption? Should I be worried about diseases more than if she rejects them?
     
  10. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    imo I would go for it!! Fxing no roosters though
     

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