Hello all, i would like to compare notes regarding broody/ mothering hens. I have one who has hatched probably 3 clutches in her life, her most recent was a clutch of 8. She was nesting at the bottom of a compost bin where she had to enter from the top and once the babies hatched they were stuck in the bottom. They hatched one day and i noticed them, and planned on propping up the compost bin for entry and exit. Today when i came out to do it, 6 were dead fron appetent broken necks. So i let the compost bin up and she seemed to be weird, like was still in broody mother mode, but was stepping on the chicks and not protecting them like usual. The two living chicks had bloody beaks. My question is, did she kill the others so the remaining could eat them? What do yall think happened?
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