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First Broody of the year.....Spring is here.....!!!!
Wed 30-Mar-11
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Toffeeapple
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Well if they are you can eat them!  I'm sure you have a little space in your freezer...

I'll try that again!

Wed 30-Mar-11
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wave  This is very true.  Unfortunately I shall probably get to know these three better than my other hens.  ( Won't stop me eating cockerels though.  big_laugh  )

That is if all three survive.  It is very early days yet.

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wave Thought I would just let you know, the wee chicks are doing really well.  They are growing daily.  I had to take them out of the box they should be in for a fortnight eeek as they are too tall.  They soon will not need to be indoors with a wee light to keep them warm.  Their favourite food is still cous cous. smile

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Glad to hear they are doing well. I was thinking the other day I must get around to buying an incubator, as the time is about right for starting with chickens. cheers

Mon 25-Apr-11
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wave  Seems ages since I gave an update of the goings on here, so here I go.  The first set of chicks that were born are doing well in their guinea pig hutch and are moving down to the hen house today to get them accustomed to the coming and goings of the hens.  Last Friday 2 more wee chicks hatched in my incubator. The third egg had not been fertilised.   These were meant to be Sussex chicks, but they are Black rock again.  I don't mind, as long as they turn out to be hens and are good layers.   

Now the bad news.  I had a hen sitting on about nine eggs, not inside the poultry paddock. Oh no, she had flown out and hidden in the rhoddies.  Anyway she and her eggs have totally disappeared.  It is a shame because she was the one who would try to come for a walk with me and the dogs.  ( not sure if I have posted this elsewhere, but couldn't find it.  If I did then sorry )   I still keep expecting her to appear with chicks as one hen did before, but she has been gone a week now and the chances are getting slimmer every day.

I also had a wee duckling hatched by a hen and this too has gone.  I think she just lost it to be honest - nothing sinister at all.  

I'm going to try duck eggs in the incubator next.   Then Hattie, I shall be asking you for some eggs if that is still OK.  Then I shall stop for a while.  I only want enough to improve my flock.

 

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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You only have to ask Danuta & I will send them.

Sorry about your missing hen & chicks/eggs. They are so daft about where they decide to sit their eggs.

I hope the young ones settle easily in their new home & fit into the flock eventually.

By broody hen seems to be sitting on masses of eggs at the moment, just over a week to go I think.

 

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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You know, Danuta, nature is wonderful - but at the same time it is so sad!

We are aware that all creatures need to eat, we'd just prefer it if they went to another restaurant!

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"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Mon 25-Apr-11
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wave  That is so very true Val, but I am quite philosophical about it now.  You win some, you lose some.  I suppose I could pen them up in a small space with a roof, but they love the relative freedom the large run gives them.  If they choose to fly out, well Hell mend them.  whistle

The one thing that really annoys me is the bloody crows pinching my duck eggs. aargh

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Probably the corbies that disappeared your duckling.

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wave  That is a very real possibility Seth.  The only thing that stopped me thinking it was is  that there is a dead crow hanging on a wire near where the hen sat with the duckling and she didn't move very far.  Still there could have been a brave one.  Normally they don't come down when there is a dead one hanging up.  Sounds gruesome I know, but needs must.

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That's true, Danuta. A dead crow hanging up is an old and proven deterrent. Fiona even has a plastic one hanging in the veg patch, brought back from Japan by a friend as a joke. It works.

Sorry to hear about the missing brood. I suppose it does not bode well.

Mum in law had a robin nest in a bush in her garden with several hatchlings. One morning the bush was in some disarray and nest was empty. Probably a cat in the middle of Cambridge.

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Fri 29-Apr-11
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scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious for a study of fertility in chickens. Seth has commented .

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Fri 29-Apr-11
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That's a proper link now Seth.   Neat comment about chickens too!

I'll try that again!

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Great comment, Seth big_laugh

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wave Oh, just love the comment Seth.  big_laugh

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