Who knew chicks would eat chicks? Not me.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mustangrooster, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is a bit of ramble, because i know people would be smarter than me in regards to this. I just really need to get the image out of my head.

    My newest of chicks hatched was a total of 10. Now its 8, i lost one because it was a very sticky chick who ruptured its yolk sac. I lost my other one just now.

    I figured the chicks could get some sunlight and see the other chicks through the safety of their brooder, so that’s what i did. It was warm out, so i left them , and went to do a big session of groundwork with my horse.

    I checked on the chicks as soon as possible…….what I saw horrified me. There was blood everywhere, a dear innocent chick had its head stuck in the door, I don’t know how it did it…..and it looked like it was eaten alive, pecked to death, by my older chicks (Around 6-7 weeks old-12 of them)

    I wedged its head free, examined it, and saw only the remains of the eye sockets and beak left. I feel SO horrible. There is blood in the brooder as well. I would have kicked myself even harder if it was my silkie or frizzle.

    The 6-7 week old chicks are as calm as daylight, I wouldn’t expect them to eat/kill a little chick. But I know that can happen. Curiosity gets the best of them.

    Lesson learnt
     
  2. pnwoldie

    pnwoldie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will peck anything that does not get up and walk away from them
     
  3. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Chickens can be astonishingly brutal; we are only half joking when we say things like, "don't go down in the chicken run, you'll never get up again!"

    And I go one further when it comes to what they will eat; I say they are omnivores, which means they will eat anything that doesn't try to eat them.[​IMG]
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Bunny- they can quickly turn horrifically cannibalistic and they aren't even zombie chickens. Hope the "eaters," all end up in the soup pot. [​IMG]
     

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