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Tue 28-Jun-11
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Hattie
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wave Do you soak the cous cous first or give it dry ?

Mine are Dorking / White Rock crosses, nice tempered chickens that are not too large & heavy for me to handle. 

 

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I soak it first Nadine.  It makes it lovely and soft for them to pick at.

Mine are all the the hot box now and seem perfectly happy.  smile

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Thanks Danuta, I thought that's what you must do, I'll give it a try.  A sack of chick-crumbs (unmedicated) has just been delivered. I don't use medicated feed as I need them to build up their immunity fast. I picked a few green weed leaves for their mother to peck at & show them they are good to eat. I have always done this & they grow up so strong & healthy. She was so excited to see the greenery. In a few weeks time they will be pecking at the windfall apples which they adore. I think there will be plenty this year as the trees are laden with fruit.  

cheers  Here's to our little ones ! cheers

 

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wave  The little chicks are all doing really well but mum abandoned the remaining eggs as she preferred looking after the ones she had already hatched.  They always seem to do this once they have about 6 or 7 hatchlings. I love sitting & watching them. heart

 

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What do you do with the rest of the eggs then? One day I shall get an incubator and start rearing chicks, next year I think now.doh

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Unfortunately, Joanna, you have to throw them away as they are part incubated. If I had a spare broodie hen I would have tred to put them under her. Some also might be non-viable so would never have produced a chick. The eggs chill very rapidly so if the broodie abandons them while you are not around there is no chance of hatching them, they need both the heat & the natural humidity of her body to complete the process. 

 

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Oh right, wasn't sure if you could pop them in an incubator or not at that stage.eeek

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You can as long as you can get them in straight after the mother hen has abandoned them. You would also have to have the incubator pre-heated etc. & this takes some hours ( I don't have one).  wave

 

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Well my young chicks are now old enough to be out & about with their mother hen. Yesterday they were out in a pen with her but today they are loose in the garden with her guarding them & instructing them in the art of digging for worms & eating windfall plums. It is so much fun watching them; they are so excited & the other birds are treating them well. Mother had a fight with one of the other hens who attacked her (I think it was an attack of jealousy because I had stopped the attacking hen from going broody). I put the offender into a large run that I used in the past for my surplus cockerels, to keep them away from the girls & to fatten them for the freezer.

 

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wave  All 7 chicks survived their first day free-ranging the garden with their Mum¦.she was magnificent & taught them lots of useful lessons & kept them altogether & happy.

I was a little concerned about bed-time but she managed that beautifully & rounded them all up at about 6.30pm & they all followed her into the old rabbit hutch, ate a bit of food, had a drink & settled down with closed eyes, totally exhausted. She looked very smug¦..I swear she winked at me¦¦.wink

 

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wave  That is brilliant Nadine and so well told.  We do worry about them.  I had put the wee incubator chicks out in a pen before I went down south and I was a bit worried about them.  I needn't have. smile All were safe and sound when I returned.

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wave Hi Danuta,

Welcome home. It is such a relief to come home to find all the animals are safe & well.

You are lucky to have capable friends around you to help......mine are a bit wimpy when it comes to the chickens, especially the cockerels; in fact the 8 year old tiny bantam hen is the one to watch out for, she can be very bad tempered & has a very strong will. She also hates strangers...... shoo_fly

 

PS. Thanks for the photos you posted...they are great. ok

 

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I really can't believe what I have seen this morning¦¦confused  roll_eyes  ponder  ponder laugh

 

Another of my hens has appeared with 10 newly hatched chicks¦..in this chilly weather, I was (am still) shocked.  She was parading them around just outside the ancient old chicken hut. My hens are so crafty, how she got in there I don't know as it had a piece of metal over the pop-hole since the last lot hatched. There looks to be 3 boys & 7 girls if I am correct about the markings.  I shall have to find some buyers for the girls. They will be good layers as I think they are all crosses. I suppose this is the last legacy of Caesar, the fighting cock¦..!!  They all look very strong & healthy & I am sure she will keep them safe & warm. I have left them in the old coop as it is water-tight & large. She is in a very feisty mood; she already has chased off some nosey pullets who got too close.  

The little ones are too young to start eating but I have left chick-crumbs & water & corn for mother¦..she was ravenous so I think she hasn't been off the nest for days.

What a Winter Solstice present¦¦.new hope !!  wave  laugh  champagne

 

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how fantastic, I would so love it if mine produced some but not even any eggs at the moment so no chancecry

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That is so sweet, a proper heart string puller.

I'll try that again!

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