I have been dealing with a broody hen and finally let her have a couple of eggs to sit on. Well one was a dud and the other one finally started to hatch today. I was checking on the process this afternoon and saw that the baby was most of the way out so I pulled the rest of the egg away. Well broody hen starts pecking toward it. So I push her away and then watched her and she went back to it and pecked it a couple of times really hard so I grab the chick and make a quick run to the kitchen to stop it from bleeding. Poor thing had a big gash on its head just behind the eye and one of its toes is really red like she got it too. So luckily I still had the stuff from my earlier babies still handy to put it in. After I got the chick settled and warming under a lamp I had to go deal with broody. She just about got her neck rung, but I ended up throwing her out in the coop with the rest of the group. She is a blue laced red wyadotte (kinda rare type around here) so she lucked out not getting the boot. I checked out in the coop later and there she was back in a nest box. I took her out and put her on the roost. I just hope I don't have to continue trying to break her. She will not be a good mama chicken.
Anyway, the chick seems to be OK now, so here pics of the lone chick. If you look real close you can see the red from the wound right near the eye. It looks to be part faverolle - it has feathers on the legs and an extra toe. I just hope it isn't to scarred up later, but I know they heal pretty quickly after what some of my other hens have gone through with crazy roosters.
my wynadottes were vultures. She is probably tying to eat the poor chick. Mine all had bare rumps where they plucked and ate each others feathers. I got rid of them quick. Guy told me they were molting when I bought them
I have another older chick out in the garage in a pen (next to where broody was) so maybe in a week I can put them together so they will have a friend. I thought about getting chicks from the local feed store, but I was worried that they have been vaccinated and mine have not. Don't want to take a chance on bringing in something and it wipe out my flock.
The little one seems to be doing good so I think we dodged a bullet. Now I just got to decide if I want to hatch some ducks...my girls are leaving me little presents down by the lake. If I could know I could get a girl I would do it...I have 3 boys and 2 girls. Had 3 of each when I first got them, but one disappeared the first day I let them out. Decisions decisions.
Also, wanted to see if everyone can help me think of some names for the St. Patrick's day baby. I thought maybe Darby for a boys name and maybe Erin for a girls name. I need y'all to help me out because I am not sure those are good names for chickens.
I sure am glad that that baby hatched on the weekend. Otherwise it would have surely been dead if it was during the week while I was at work.
The other egg she was on was broken one day when I came home from work so Donna you may be right about them being vultures. I've got 4 wyandotte hens and the 2 silver laced ones have very little butt hair. Also, one of my roosters butt hair (and some from his neck) was missing for a while too, but it has finally grown back. I guess he started to ding them in the head so they'll stop.
I have a EE that has very little feathers. Poor thing looks about oven ready. I think I need to just separate her at some point so she can get some feathers back. I just hate to do that since separating chickens and them putting them back is such a hassle. She has really pretty coloring, but you can't tell from the way she looks. I just tell people she is molting, the truth is that several of my chickens just pluck a her tail constantly.
So far my wyandottes are very docile and sweet. They go to their dog crate in the garage every night and get on their little roost. lol No problems.
Is it possible your chicken got upset and started acting nuts because you interfered? My mother always said to leave mommas and babies alone for awhile and let them adjust. She had a cow calving once in her lot and the neighbor decided to go inspect a little too closely, like within a few feet of them. Then the cow started butting the calf around. My mother said it was the neighbor's fault for bothering them. Just a thought.
Not sure LFJ...I just separated just to be sure she didn't kill it. She pecked it twice pretty hard and drew blood on its head and its poor foot was purple for 4 days afterward too. I had another older chick in the same area with her and I wonder if she just thought that the other one was one of her chicks and she just had a moment where she thought the other chick needed protecting from this new one? I dunno, but the little chick is doing good no permanent damage to the foot or the eye.
My Wyandottes are on the top of the pecking order. Next in line is my New Hampshires and then my Rocks. My poor female Favorolle and my 2 female EE are always getting the worst end of it being on the bottom. I need to get that one chick from my early hatch out there in the coop. Just can't seem to make the time with all the other stuff I have going on. Starting gardening chores so that is keeping me busy with seed starting and such.
And sad news on one of my ducks - my grey Swedish female was taken by a predator last night. I found a clump of feathers this morning after she didn't show for breakfast. Really sad about it, but I figured it was a matter of time before something happened. Got a email a few days ago saying there were coyotes in the area. Now have to see if I can adopt some females from the rescue, because I only have one now and 3 boys and one girl is not good odds.