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Andy B



Joined: 12 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 11:47 am    Post subject: New chicks Reply with quote
    

One of our pekin hens suddenly started killing her chicks as they were hatching. She killed one while it was still half in the egg and another at some time overnight. The others we have saved and are doing well. Another of our pekins has raised her second cluch with no problems. Never had this happen before, is this common or is she just a bad mom?

DawnMK



Joined: 01 Dec 2008
Posts: 895
Location: Buckinghamshire
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

perhaps there was something wrong with them

Andy B



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

DawnMK wrote:
perhaps there was something wrong with them


The ones we saved are OK.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8646
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

When we had dorkings, one of the the girls used to do the same thing. Her sister, however, was a brilliant mother.

Liz in Ireland



Joined: 27 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

DawnMK wrote:
perhaps there was something wrong with them


I thought that of a two week old kitten that the mother had singled out to abandon (repeatedly, she kept leaving him in her litter tray) but we hand reared him and he's fine

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 12 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They do sometimes do it; I've had it happen a couple of times. Bad luck

girlracer265



Joined: 30 Jan 2010
Posts: 292
Location: brent knoll, somerset
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 12 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

my black araucana killed 2 chicks from eggs we popped under her, they were a dark brahma and a lavender araucana. however she accepted happily black jersey giant chicks, we think she must be racist lol

Jools



Joined: 28 Jul 2006
Posts: 1028
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 12 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Two of our chicks were attacked too. One now sports a little scar on the side of its head, but the other didn't survive its injuries.

Others were completely ignored by the broodies they hatched under, so some are fostered by other broodies and we have 3 in a brooder indoors.

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