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I have such fun times with chicks

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by Hinotori, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Aug 8, 2014
    Hinotori

    Hinotori Super Self-Sufficient

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    Broody silkie hatched out 7 chicks Tuesday. Egg number eight was left for a bit Tuesday evening, but she went back on it with the 7 for the night. Wednesday when I checked on them, she'd abandoned the nest fully. The little egg was cold and when I brought it in candled, It took a moment to see any movement. I could see where it had just started pipping a hole. Into the bra (boobs are good for something) and off to set up the incubator. Into the bator with the egg which was now peeping at me.

    Wednesday evening it hadn't progressed so I chipped open the pip and shined a light behind. Poor chick was shrink wrapped.

    So I peeled the little thing out a bit at a time to let the veins dry up some between. Once I had the little thing out, back into the bator to dry. That critter was trying to stand within ten minutes and was able to stand ok within the hour. Takes time to practice between naps. Then the stagger circles around the incubator peeping at the top of it's lungs, nap, then start yelling again. That went on for a few hours until it was dry. It would rush over to the side whenever it saw me come close. I took it out to the broody and set it under the front of her some. She tucked it under and we had silence.

    This evening I couldn't even tell which chick it was.

    The first 7 IMG_2212.jpg

    The not-so-early bird IMG_2216.jpg

    And this evening
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  2. Aug 8, 2014
    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    Glad it made it out. They're so cute at that age.
     
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    sumi

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    Beautiful :love I loved hearing about the late bloomer!
     
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    TwoCrows

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    What a nice story! I love a happy ending with hatches. They all look adorable! :love
     
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    basschick2305

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    They are so precious!!! Can't wait for my Susie Q (khaki Campbell ducks I have 4) to start layin she is getting ready & so r we lol.
     
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    sumi

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    Are you going to hatch some of her eggs? Ducklings are just... :love
     
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    basschick2305

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    I'm hoping to! Even tho our main purpose was to have the eggs for sale & to eat but the ducklings are so precious! Not to mention outta my 4 KC's I ended up with just the 1 girl & the rest r boys so.... The work & decisions r pretty heavy for me now . Have to wait n c how it all plays out for the most part. But with only 1 girl I have to plan the best for her .
     
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    baymule

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    Precious baby chicks!! So cute!!
     
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    Hinotori

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    I actually didn't think that egg was going to hatch. It didn't look ready when I had candled the night before they hatched. All of the little bugs are doing good. Mama even managed to actually get them all into the house on her own tonight.
     
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    sumi

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    @Hinotori If there's one thing I learned from hatching eggs it's "never say never!" Those little bundles of joy are full of surprises. I can't get over how cute those are, those markings are simply awesome! Why can't they stay like that when they feather in?
     
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