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Fri 11-May-12
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I have a terrible admission to make that is weighing on my mind, earlier (before the recent hatching) I found a broken egg with what I thought at the time was a developed but dead chick in it, I took it out and threw it away, I now think it might have been an egg just 'pipping' - having ready up on the subject.

Nothing I can do about it now. New addition doing well. I'm hoping it's a Maran chick, and obviously hoping it it's female - not much chance of that with our luck.

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Oh dear! Please try not to worry,it wasn't deliberate. Once I threw out my unmatched duck eggs I worried about that happening. You did give the eggs time and nothing happened. I had one that had a hole and decided the duckling had died without getting free which I know can happen. This is all a learning process and there are lots of opinions on the Internet that often conflict. You did what you felt was right at the time. Big hug to you

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We wondered what to do with a chick that had pipped and decided to leave it and it never

made it out, makes me wonder if we could've have saved it. Oh well! Another batch is in and

we'll see how we get on this time.cheers The four surviving chicks are doing well though

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Go to Milkweedandteasel.blogspot.com.uk  a couple  of posts back for a quick video on helping

late hatchers out .

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With so many new chicken owners around & the price of chicken food so high I thought it was time to remind people that they can use some of their left-overs to supplement the chicken's diet. THIS is an article Fiona wrote way back which is well worth reading (along with it's comments).  chef

 

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Interesting read! Not sure if I could produce a mash they would eat. The cost of layers pellets is not too bad here but will increase once the duckling trio are off the crumbs (which I must move as Bruno keeps eating them!). As mine scratch around the garden they do not eat much feed. They have a scoop of maize each morning which they love and a couple of times a week I cook them pasta, which the ducks also love. I get bags of macaroni here for 0.40 €. Will also try couscous as have an abundance at the moment.

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Our girls ( and boys) get leftover food scraps, provied there is no meat in it and that I've not used salt in the cooking.

It is supplemental to the layer pellets, but I don't have them available 24/7, they get pellets in the morning and a half a scoop of corn in the late afternoon, and then leftovers/scraps whenever there is enough to dish out. However they do free range too, so have a very varied diet. If I'm doing a big dinner then I save all the peelings and boil them up, but if it's just the odd bit of veg, then the peelings go to compost. They get leftover pasta, cake, bread, cereal, potatoes/veg, stale milk/yoghurt. but only in small -ish portions.

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The couscous went down well just need to sort out feed containers which I never seem to have enough of!

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surprised  Well my younger pullets seem to have started to lay. I keep finding wee eggs (smaller than a bantams, so that is a sure sign). They will gradually get up to the proper size as the pullet reaches maturity.

 

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How sweet!  Shall you eat the eggs?

I'll try that again!

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Use them to make fairy cakes!

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wave  Are they properly formed inside, Nadine?  Sometimes when you get tiny eggs, there is no yolk in them.

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Yes, TA..... I love to use the small ones to make baked eggs inside hollowed out tomatoes, with a drop of cream, chopped basil or chives & a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese; makes a great starter or light lunch/supper.

 

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Ooh, that sounds truly delish!  Send some up will you?  I'll send toffeeapple down for it...

I'll try that again!

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Now there's an idea for using more eggs!

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