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Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby seatil » Sun May 22, 2016 9:08 am

May is a terrible time to have chicks, even up here in the winterless north. Chuck stole away into the bushes three weeks ago to sit on a secret stash of eggs. Friday she came out with these:

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13 from 15. And they are all hers. Just what I need, more continually broody hens. SIx black, 2 blue, 5 buff/orange (probably...)
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby wolga » Sun May 22, 2016 9:13 pm

She did a good job hatching so many !
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby sewren » Sun May 22, 2016 9:36 pm

Awwww, didn't she do well!! :)
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby Kracka » Mon May 23, 2016 10:03 am

hopefully with a non-electric broody you'll be okay - I've hatched a few late ones here & we had a mishap with the power supply and they went one night without power - they still don't look right and that was over a week ago now :(
note to self, don't hatch anything this late next year!
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby seatil » Mon May 23, 2016 12:22 pm

Kracka wrote:hopefully with a non-electric broody you'll be okay - I've hatched a few late ones here & we had a mishap with the power supply and they went one night without power - they still don't look right and that was over a week ago now :(
note to self, don't hatch anything this late next year!


That reminds me, I still need to get around to sorting out an alarm for when the power does go out in the middle of the night while I'm asleep - preferably before I fill the incubator with lotsa eggs.
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby AlisonS » Wed May 25, 2016 11:18 am

What breed are they? She must be a reasonably big hen to have hatched 13 chicks. She'll probably raise them all now, since they hatched ok they'll be the hardiest chicks around! I had a late hatch last year, and thought some would succumb to the weather, but not a one! I did get 6 out of 9 being boys, though. I wonder if the ratio of males to females changes with the season/temperature - someone told me that! Keep us posted, please.
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Re: Chickens do not read manuals; pretty chick pics

Postby seatil » Wed May 25, 2016 1:58 pm

The main danger for them at this time of the year is getting stuck somewhere and getting cold and/or wet. Mum can certainly cover them well enough if they're with her.

Mum is of no particular breed, similar size to a brown shaver. Dad is also some sort of heavy breed sized mongrel.
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