I have two 4 day old chicks in a colony cage. I found the dad dead. Can just the female feed them to maturity?

by Kim Knipp
(Orient, OH)

I have a community cage and two of the nests have babies. In one of the nests are two babies and I went away for a day and when I returned found the dad dead on the cage floor. They had everything they needed although I didn't know the birds age. Anyway, will the female be able to raise the chicks on her own?


Hi Kim,

Sorry to have taken so long to answer your question. Usually a hen can and will take over feeding and caring for her chicks after losing her mate. I hope that worked out for your chicks. Jeanie

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