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Thanks Kayla. I don't know for sure what causes parent birds to attack their chicks. I have ideas only about it such as, maybe something upset the parents while caring for the fabies. And I have read some suggest it could be a nutritional issue with something lacking in their diet.
But my own personal feeling is that the parents instinctively know something is not right with the chicks and are practicing what they would if still living free in the wild~~survival of the fittest. Us humans intervene and take the fabies away to be handfed and then we wonder why the parents were so mean. I think they may be doing what they felt was the best thing for their flock.
Other than those possible reasons, I really don't know. The breeder of Kachina Raye did say his parents have done this once before to another chick and she thought it was just an isolated incident. She now pulls the eggs and fosters them under an older pair that the hen still lays but her eggs are never any good.