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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: I think the Cock ate the chick

Have anyone ever find chick or egg missing before they hatch or grew more than 3 or 5 days old? I think my cock has been taking the chick and ate it. Well, it happen with the first clutch where I've counted the eggs when the hens started to incubate. Somehow I've missed 2 eggs out of 6 when the chick begin to hatch, So I thought it was normal. He stopped then, he began again last couple day, I've lost 1 chick around 2 days old when I came home to check for it. Please let me know what to do to stop this, if it happen to you before... Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject:

The most common cause is not the parents but mice or rats.
It is not unknown in exteme cases for mice to co habit in a nesting box with kakariki...undetected untill something like this happens.

My 1st reaction is vermin ....
Wehave never had a kakariki damage eggs or chicksm thu others have in rare cases...but not actually eat chicks.

My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject:

Hi Anky,

It is not unusual for unexperienced hens to lose a few chicks in their verry first round. The hen has to be stimulated to feed her chick. The screaming of the chick(s) is such a stimulans. Sometimes the hen is to young or to unexperienced to respond.
On the other hand there is also the possibility that the chick is not able to scream due to diet problems of the hen foregoing nesting/laying eggs.

When a chick is not beeing fed, it dies after one day. Than the hen burries it in the woodshavings.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:10 am    Post subject:

d'oh! hello. if your sure its the male ,i would take him away and try another male. i only had this problem with a female rosella she was just so stressed she did not cope. i left her for a season and this time round she managed...i have also got a female kak who hates me messing with her nest so i leave her alone as much as possible and she has been fine. Wink hope this helps ...its all trial and error really....but mice are buggers too so sum that up first!!!!
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