New girlies - Daisy and Dolly

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New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« on: May 02, 2013, 20:57 »
I have been trying to track down a couple of Barred Plymouth Rock bantam hens since last year with no luck.  Then I emailed a local breeder who did not answer last year and Bingo I have 2 new girlies.  They are from show winning stock which is a bonus.  The breeder is also going to enquire about a RIR cockerel for me then I will be all set to breed some Rhode/Black Rock bantams, happy days.   :D
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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 21:30 »
(jazz hands) Hello Dolly. Hello .... ok i wont break into song  :lol:

They are lovely. Hope you get the RIR soon, ready for the chickie pics

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 21:42 »
 :lol:

Thanks splash.  I will be keeping any eggs they lay over the next week or so as they were in a pen with a really handsome cockerel.  Now I will have to search for an incubator as I don't think I will be lucky enough for one of them to go broody straight away.

Anyone know how long eggs will be fertile after mating?

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 14:49 »
My Poppy, my cochin bantam, normally lays about 10 eggs before going broody. I am hoping she will lay soon so I can put some eggs under her.

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 15:04 »
Beautiful girlies ANHBUC.

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2013, 16:45 »
Well I have read that after mating they can produce fertile eggs for up to 3 weeks.   :ohmy:  They haven't laid one yet but that is to be expected with the move.

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 07:12 »
Very pretty  :)  Hope you do get some fertile eggs  :)


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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 13:59 »
Very nice :) good luck with the eggs!

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 14:28 »
One whole egg so far and one broken so I will have to keep an eye on that.

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2013, 06:37 »
Was the broken egg in the nest box ANHBUC or out in the run? 

Alphie's supermodel girls have taken to laying eggs in the run recently for some reason and I've had a couple of broken ones  ::)  Most get laid in the nestbox, but about 1 or 2 a week are dropped any old where. Brains not a strong point in those two  :lol:

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2013, 06:49 »
Mine have started doing that too, not every day but a few times this week.
On the bright side, my one that has always laid her eggs behind the difficult to get to hedge, has now started to lay in the coop. Another 6 months and she may actually do it in the nest box.

Hope you get to save some of her eggs ANHBUC

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2013, 10:46 »
The egg yolk was in the nest but no sign of shell which must have been eaten.

I have 3 eggs now, it looks like 2 off one of them and one off the other by the shape.  I have dated them so I will see which ones hatch if any.  Not sure about getting an incubator as I prefer using a broody (now where can I get one of those)!

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2013, 12:47 »
Definitely alot easier with a broody.
Hopefully when i get my wyandottes and hubby gets a couple of silkies, one of them is bound to go broody at some point.

I've just got back from melton market (kept my hands in my pockets, just a supply run today) but i always have a good nosey.
The hatching eggs were going so cheap, i felt quite sorry for the sellers. Some even went unsold, they couldnt even get 1 for a dozen.  :ohmy:

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2013, 12:54 »
I think the novelty has worn off a little for some backyard chicken keepers.  They seem to keep them until there is a problem and then get rid.  'A chicken is not just for Christmas' should be the new motto.  I have had more than my fair share of cockerels from egg hatching but I was prepared for it and it is my responsibility to deal with them.  Too many are attracted by 'cute little fluffy chicks' and have no idea what is involved in keeping them.   :)

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Re: New girlies - Daisy and Dolly
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013, 09:36 »
:lol:

Thanks splash.  I will be keeping any eggs they lay over the next week or so as they were in a pen with a really handsome cockerel.  Now I will have to search for an incubator as I don't think I will be lucky enough for one of them to go broody straight away.

Anyone know how long eggs will be fertile after mating?

Well I have read that after mating they can produce fertile eggs for up to 3 weeks.   :ohmy:  They haven't laid one yet but that is to be expected with the move.

UPDATE - I put some of Dolly and Daisy's eggs into an incubator and three have hatched along with 2 other mixed bantam chicks.   :D  I dated the eggs and the ones that hatched were laid the 3rd, 8th and 11th so it is always worth a try at incubating eggs off new hens (if you know they have been with the same breed cockerel).  So I have got 5 for the price of 2, now I just have to wait and see which are boys or girls.   :D

I managed to swap the chicks for the quail eggs Dotty was sat on so she is now Mum to one of her own chicks and four foster chicks.
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