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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 1:19 pm 
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Our first chick under a light sussex hatched today. Unfortunately when I found him he has a wound to his head looks like was pecked by a hen.
He was not under Mum but was 'next door' where other chooks lay. Another hen was sitting on him but I presume she was just trying to lay an egg.
I quickly made up a chicken hospital using a large tupperware container and put him in. He seems fairly chirpy now he is warmed up.
Please advise on dressing his wound and tips on whether/when he should go back under Mum or not.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:08 pm 
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Chick is OK but mum won't have a bar of him. Is this likely to happen for all chicks that hatch. I'm now sure she drove him out of nest. It will be a drawn out hatching as she steadily collected one or two eggs a day until I stopped her at 12 eggs.

Any advise on what I should do. At the moment I think we will keep an eye on the hen and any chicks we see outside the nest we will rescue. Not going to bother looking under her as one would assume if she is sitting on them then she can't peck them.
Has anyone seen this before so we can plan for what to expect. None of the offspring are hers.


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