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Thu 8-Dec-11
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Hattie
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Toffeeapple said:

That is so sweet, a proper heart string puller.

Yes TA hens & chicks can get to you like that. I think I have had enough excitement in the poultry yard this last week. I'd like a bit of peace & quiet now till new year,

thank you !!  whistle  smile

 

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I shall do my best for you, dear thing.  magic

I'll try that again!

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I shall do my best for you, dear thing.  magic

I'll try that again!

Thu 8-Dec-11
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surprised Oooooh! TA,you are sounding a bit echo-ey.....maybe it's the wind......... ?   big_laugh big_laugh

 

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But I've not eaten any beans for ages!confused

I wish I knew what makes the double postings happen, I'm sure I pressed the button only once.

I'll try that again!

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It used to happen to me too but I think it might be because I held my finger on the button fractionally too long.....something akin to a nano-second......big_laugh 

 

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Yes, that must be it.  Sometimes I think it happens when you refresh the page too.

I'll try that again!

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went to the chciken hut when I got back in this afternoon to find broody hen on floor of hut.

I thought she was just stretching herlegs and left her. however went back half hour later and there is a little black fluffy chick with her.

She was sitting on eggs in one of the laying boxes (which is about 12" off the floor), what do i do now, willl she go back on the nest, not looking likely at the mo..

Do I move the rest of the eggs into the mini run that we have made for any eventual hatchings?, with the hope she'll go back to sitting with the chick?

We don't have a heat lamp (did have, but lent it to someone and can't remember who)- I don't know how long she's been off the nest, the eggs feel cool, and the chick is all fluffy - will try and get a picture later

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wave Oh Janet, I have had that happen before too.  It seems as if when the first young chick goes to the floor she automatically follows and will not go back up where the chick can't go.  If the eggs are cold I don't hold out much hope.  Are you temped to see if there is anything still alive in any of the eggs??  You could try candling them.

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we've moved mum and chick into our old rabit hutch, I've put in loads od straw and the other eggs and I'll give them a day or so.

The hutch is inside the old chicken hut, so the others can see her, and she can see them, but she's behind bars. Left them to settle. Fingers crossed

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This happened to me last year and the hen ended up breaking open the remaining eggs and killing the chicks. It was very traumatic. Once some have hatched that seems to be all they care about. This time my broody hen is sat on the floor so I have left her there. The others are coping and leaving her to it.

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Oh dear Aly, I do hope this isn'tgoing to happen, but it's wet & wild out ther now and so I'll leave it till morning and hope for good news.

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Nature is very tough! I am keeping a close eye on Sonny and will remove unmatched eggs if one hatches and put them in the incubator.

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Think I need to give up on the other eggs, she's not broken them but has shoved them around and shows no interest in them.

She seems quite happy with the chick, very protective as expected.

I've put chick crumbs down, and a water feeder and a bit of scrambled eggs. Don't know if I need to do anything else.

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That is fine, the crumbs should be enough and mum will teach her chick what to do. Is the water feeder chick friendly? Be sure it cannot drown. It is wonderful to watch how mum will protect and care for her chick. Last year on a day of sudden showers Ellie was sat in the garden with a chick under each wing sheltering them! I do hope Sonny hatches at least one but she is now down to 3 eggs having gradually evicted the others. It is a privilege to see the process like this.

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