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Thread: SIgh! the chicks died her mom pecked the chicks!

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    SIgh! the chicks died her mom pecked the chicks!

    I just held the chicks for a while then her mother would't feed it.... is it always like this?
    and she ate the unhatched egg!!!!

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    Re: SIgh! the chicks died her mom pecked the chicks!

    I breed lovebirds and I can tell you that it isn't always like this. Was the egg that got eaten fertile or infertile? I have one hen that actually ate a fertile egg that was almost ready to hatch and the cause was insecurity. Oddly enough, this hen was parent raised so I wasn't expecting this kind of behavior. She's one of the rare species so they are a lot harder to work with. Insecurity can cause hens to kill or abandon their babies if they feel that harm will come to the chicks. Completely cleaning a nestbox while there are chicks still in it can also cause the parents to stop feeding.

    These are just a few of my own observations as a breeder.

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    Re: SIgh! the chicks died her mom pecked the chicks!

    It was a fertile egg, and she pecked the new born to death.

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