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Broodies on the Homestead

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by Beekissed, May 28, 2017.

  1. Apr 30, 2018
    Beekissed

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    I'll add fuel to the fire....pure chick joydom!

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  3. Apr 30, 2018
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    I agree. IMG_20180430_123250.jpg IMG_20180429_172525.jpg IMG_20180429_172456.jpg IMG_20180428_121756.jpg
    @sumi, you NEED a few of these... :)
     
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  4. May 1, 2018
    Beekissed

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    MMD, I love the variety you got out of that hatch...all colors! Very cute, very healthy looking chicks. Are you fermenting their feed too?
     
  5. May 1, 2018
    sumi

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    Ahh, you guys are killing me! I don't have a feed store here that sells chicks and my incubator is not working. I'm going to have to sit on the eggs :lol:
     
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    milkmansdaughter

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    Bee, I've got a new batch of FF started. I had to restart after my trip. It was super cute last night to see a three day old chick scratching the DL like an old pro. :D
    And your batch looks like they have even more variety than mine! It'll be fun to watch them all grow.
     
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  7. May 4, 2018
    Beekissed

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    Got a broody hatch tonight, to which I added 6 feed store pullet chicks. Also added two older FS chicks to the other broody's family, to give her an even 10 chicks to brood.

    Got 3 BA, 2 Welsummer, and 3 Sapphire Gems...yeah, I never heard of them before tonight either, though I knew they were a sex link bird I'd never really seen a pic or did any research. They are WEIRD looking as adults but seem to come from Plymouth Rock genetics, which can't be all that bad.

    I've never really seen much good out of sex link birds but I hope these are different as they add visual interest to the flock's colors.

    Sapphire Gem....

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  8. May 5, 2018
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    That is a pretty chicken!
     
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    Color variance always adds interest. Plus helps tell them part if missing and/or the culprit in crime. :rolleyes: I have a lot of black right now. But, last year I did get some lovely colors on a few of them from the influence of my BR, BO & some EEs. I do enjoy the different ones.

    So, today the hen in the trailer is hatching eggs. Unfortunately either she or another (found a hen up there when I went out) killed a couple. Appears they were after the shells and the little ones hadn't gotten totally out. I removed those and also the ones still wetish but not harmed. Placed them is a suitable location to finish coming into the world. More are pipping, so will be a lotta trips back & forth today. Will prepare a pen for her & the chicks so I can transfer her tonight.

    #2 hen in barn decided she'd take the one chick I had not collected and be a mom. :he Took 3 eggs left and scooted them under #3 who is in the stall feeder. We will see how that goes. If unhatched in week, will take away and leave her with the other ones.

    Right now, if I could find some day old chicks of a breed I wanted, I'd buy and foster them with mom now hatching. May look on CL. Guy near me often has Cream Legbars & I'd love a few of those. Don't need any more chickens but you all know about the "math" :lol:
     
  10. May 6, 2018
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    Mom's got her chicks out in the yard free ranging now. Mom seemed to very thoroughly enjoy a dust bath today. Her first in a month. Just in time too as it's raining now, and her spot is now muddy. The oldest chick is 8 days old. Max did get kind of close today, but he backed away fast when mom came after him.
    Suddenly all the hens want to be broody. I threw them all off the nest. Some nests will have two fighting for the nest. Only one repeatedly returned no matter what, all week, so she got a nestful of fresh eggs today, and I put her in the other pen. She's upstairs with her eggs, and mom and chicks are downstairs. All others are in the other pen.
     
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