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Mama Reds is Broody! & Meet the New Chicks!

Well, last you heard one of my young hens went broody, she did really well at sitting, but sometimes was off the nest too long for my liking, well over an hour a few times, more like close to 2 hrs.  So, I was nervous that nothing was going to hatch, I tried to candle them but couldn’t see anything, and 1 egg did break which took her to 4 eggs.  On the day that they we’re due to hatch nothing happened, uggg, so I texted (is that a word??) a friend, Christine, who has allot of chickens and hatches some in an incubator at times, to see if she if she had any very young chicks.  She said yes, I asked her how young, she said just hatching!  WOW!  I asked her if she had any to spare she said yes!  So, that evening we went out to her house and got 2 newly hatched chicks and brought them home.  I stuck them under my mama with no problems.  Next morning I went out to check on her and offer her a little feed and water and the 2 new kids on the block came out to her calling them.  Curiosity got me and I had to look under her to see if there were any new chicks, No. 😦  So I pulled out an egg to look at it, no pip, listened, no peeping, put it back, pulled out another, no pip, but peeping!  So I put that back and left the other 2 alone.  I really don’t like to mess with the eggs when their that close to hatching.  Later that day I went back to check on her and couldn’t bear it any longer, lifted her check to have a little look and there were 3 new chicks!  Yeah!  The one egg never hatched.  So mama has 3 hatched chicks and 2 adopted chicks, 5 in all! And here they are!

As you can see, poor Goldie has taken on the role of Great Auntie Goldie who has come to help the new mom rear her chicks.  If you remember, Goldie lost all her chicks in June to a killer skunk (see Sad Day In the Chicken Yard and Help This Is What Killed Our Chicks), Goldie has been back with the flock, but just not acting right, I’m sure she’s probably going to go broody again, but maybe now with these new chicks maybe she’ll just help with the rearing and be okay.

2 broodies

In the meantime the day before these chicks hatched Mama Reds decided to go broody, her eggs are due to hatch July 30/31 and she is sitting comfortably on 10 egg.  She’s an old pro so 10 eggs should be no problem for her.

In the meantime, I want to give you a quick update on the additions to the flock we made on June 18th (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock)   I’ve finally named them, mama is Fannie, the chicks are Lucy & Ethel, I think you can tell by the pictures which one is Lucy (the that has more red).  Last night they moved up to the big girl roost.  Mama is getting ready to let them grow up, she is already back to laying.  I find that sad when the mom leaves the chicks, the chicks are so confused.  How do you feel when your chicks are left by the mom??

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Dottie’s Chicks are Here!

Dottie brought her chicks out today for the debut!  They were due to hatch yesterday (Wednesday, August 14) they started hatching a day early, on Tuesday and finished yesterday.

If you remember back on August 1st, I posted Dottie’s Eggs.  She went broody the day that Goldie’s chicks hatched.  Well, she was getting ready before that, but finally figured out what she needed to do then.  Anyway, my hubby moved her and the eggs to one of our broody boxes, he said at that time she was on 10 eggs, I didn’t get a count or look at them until August 1, and then there were 9 (I still don’t know if my hubby counted right) anyway, last week one egg got broke 😦 and that left her with 8 eggs.  She left the nest today with 2 eggs unhatched.  So, we have 6 new grand chicks!

They all look to be girls, I looked yesterday, and thought one of the black ones to be a roo, but dosen’t look that way today.  So, we’ll see in a couple months.  I could use another roo since we re-homed Danny Boy.  Maybe someone else will go broody for me.  🙂

I also, might give one of these chicks away.  My girlfriend Pam’s eggs are due to hatch today.  We gave her the eggs, since she doesn’t have a rooster, but so far, no chicks 😦  Hopefully tonight something will happen if not, on Sat. we’ll take a chick over and stick under her and take the eggs.  She did have some issues in the beginning with her other girls wanting to lay their eggs in the nest with her broody, you know how that goes.  So, they sectioned her off.  But, I don’t know if something may have gone wrong during that time, what do you think??

As you can see in the one photo, the black kitten came into the hen house with me to meet the new chicks.  Dottie pecked at her once and the kitten backed up, but then she came back.  I kept the kitten by me, petting her and held one of the chicks next to her, and the meeting went really well.  So do you have cats with your backyard chickens?? How do they all get along??

You can click on the photos to see them better.  The one with Dottie and the chicks, looks like only 5 chicks, but there are 3 black ones together on the bottom left hand side.

Finally! We have a Broody Hen!

It’s been since December!  but finally!  Goldie is broody.  This is her first time to go broody, she’s been working at it for nearly 2 months!  She’s been running around doing the mama cluck and all puffed up, chasing any one or anything that was in her way.  I was just getting ready to tell my hubby to get out the broody box and we would put her in it at night with some eggs to see if she’d get the complete idea, well, I thought it and she did it all on her own, the same day!  She’s been truly broody sitting on eggs since Thursday, July 4th.  So, that makes the chicklets ready to hatch on July 25th!  Can’t wait!  We really need some fresh chickens around here.

Like I said, we’ve not had any broodies or chicks since December.  Then we had 2 broody moms and they each hatched 3 chicks.  Gave us 6 chicks, 3 females & 3 males.  Out of those 6, we only have Danny Boy, the other 5 we’re taken by predators.  😦

Now, do you pick the eggs for your broody hens to sit on??  Or do you let them sit on the eggs they’ve already chosen??  I stumbled across this article on Facebook: How To Choose Fertilized Chicken Eggs and it tells how to choose eggs which will produce females or cockerels.  Interesting.  Well, I book marked it on Pinterest on my Backyard Chickens Board for safe keeping.  When Goldie went broody I pulled it back up and tried to hand pick my eggs for her to incubate.  Take a look at the article and take a look at the photo I posted of her eggs and make a guess on what you think she’ll hatch out?  Let me know.  My guess is:  6 female, 2 cockerels.