I have 3 baby chicks approx 2-3 weeks old. The father of the babies has just recently turned to plucking the babies feathers and has started to pluck the hen at the back of the head. I am wondering if the hen can handle/will feed the babies by herself. I can offer supplemental feedings if necessary. I currently have the male separated but close to the mother and babies cage.
I am positive it is the male plucking them as I found new feather quils from the babies in his mouth.
What would be the best option.. If at all possible I would like to avoid handfeeding altho I do have a brooder and know how to handfeed as I have done it before. If I ended up handfeeding what would be the best schedule for feeding the babies? would 7am 12-1pm 5-6pm 11pm work?
The babies were hatched on May 4 and 2-May 6.