It’s been a busy summer here with our backyard chickens. We’ve had a slew of chicks, we’ve had a skunk come in and kill chicks, we’ve had a friend give us a hen and 2 chicks and recently Saltie hatched 6 chicks out of 7 eggs….which during the broody processed ended up to be 10 eggs, 3 of which are in a borrowed incubator. Also, we had one of Mamma Blackie’s chicks die from an unfortunate freak accident.
So, thats the low down on everything. And now, meet Saltie’s chicks!
Originally when we started with chickens, we started with baby chicks which we had in the house under a heat lamp, like most folks do when they first start out. So, our original 10 were the friendliest of all our chickens because they were human raised. Mamma Reds, Goldie & Saltie are from those original 10. They make the best moms and being the friendliest they teach the chicks to eat out of my hands, where the others don’t. So, with Saltie this was a first for me, I actually lucked out and got to see one of her eggs pipped and videoed it. In the video, the beginning is a little jumpy, sorry for that I was trying to focus my phone in the dark henhouse, but make sure you have your sound on, the first chirping you hear are the 11 chicks running around outside, then if you listen you’ll hear Saltie in a very low soft cluck, talk to the chick in the egg and the chick responds. Then you will be able to see the chicks little beak. I was so excited to be able to see that, close up and personal. Enjoy!
Here’s a picture of the 4 eggs in the incubator. I know I said she hatched 6 out of 7 and that she ended up with 10, but I never marked the 1st 7, so I didn’t know which one didn’t belong in the incubator. I finally candled the eggs last night, 1 looks close to hatching and 2 look like they have a week or so to go and of course 1 needs to come out. This is the 1st time I’m using an incubator so from what I’m told the outcome might not be good. But at least there’s a chance. The one that should hatch soon, if it does I will take it out and put it in with Saltie, I’m sure she’ll take care of it. I will most likely do that with the other 2 should they hatch, unless someone goes broody in the meantime.
So here is how Mamma Reds chicks sleep at night. Luckily my broody box is a triplex, I have the lid locked open and some of the chicks are roosting there, 1 has taken it upon itself to move to higher ground is is way high up on a little perch above the nest boxes! If you remember back to my post I do Believe I have a Crazy Flock! Mamma Black was trying to move her very young chicks up to higher ground and they we’re not ready, so she moved herself up and tried sticking the chicks in with broody Mamma Reds. Eventually after Mamma Reds 7 chicks hatched she adopted Mamma Blacks 5 and Mamma Black moved back in with the flock.
So our flock count goes like this: 1 Rooster (Prince Charming). 12 hens and 19 chicks! 32 Total! Wow! And you know as well as I do, that most of those chicks are going to be roosters! Take a look at the 2 I named Lucy and Ethel, now I believe its going to be Ricky & Fred… 😦 Look at the photos below (if you click on them you’ll see a bigger picture) let me know your thoughts, roosters or hens??
By the way, Goldie has not been the same since the skunk incident (Sad Day in the Chicken Yard). My poor girl.
I hope you enjoy my posts. Please feel free to comment and tell me your stories with your backyard chickens.