Taking a ride on mum

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Taking a ride on mum
« on: July 01, 2012, 18:19 »
I have a two week old chick which my broody hatched from eggs I bought in and she has taken to sitting on her mothers back and having a ride.  Is this unusual?  I hope she is a she (welsummer) - the breeder thought she was. She is a first hatch for me and sadly the only survivor from the hatch.
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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2012, 18:23 »
perfectly normal behaviour - mums make excellent taxis  :)
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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012, 19:19 »
Thanks Joyfull.  I thought it was so cute seeing the chick taking a ride.  I thought my broody might make an awful mother but she is doing very well so far!  She was teaching the chick to dust bath today.  :)

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012, 19:26 »
Very cute. :)
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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2012, 20:52 »
very sweet and mum is lovely too  :)

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012, 21:05 »
Thanks Jo57.  Mum is a buff rock.  She was broody for 3 weeks before we put the eggs under her (last year she was broody for 8 weeks) so we risked it and thankfully it was alright.  The poor thing has now started moulting! 

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2012, 11:43 »
What a lovely looking mummy hen.  :)

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2012, 11:45 »
In my limited knowledge, I would say that the chick is a girl!  The markings are more clear than they are on the boys, which look a bit fuzzy!!!   fingers crossed.

That is so cute though!

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2012, 11:47 »
That is so sweet - two lovely hens.

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2012, 12:26 »
Oh yes and forgot, the 'eyeliner' is darker on the girls!   :)

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2012, 13:58 »
but sadly that isn't always the case - remember my 2 that we were convinced were girls owing to those markings - and they were boys  :(?

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2012, 14:52 »
Oh JoyfulL, please don't say that!!!!  I am keeping my fingers crossed that she is a she!

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2012, 15:18 »
but sadly that isn't always the case - remember my 2 that we were convinced were girls owing to those markings - and they were boys  :(?

Oh yeah, forgot about those 2!  But my 2 little ones were girls and the little boy was definitely fuzzier!!!    :lol:

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2012, 15:31 »
Grannieannie that sounds more hopeful!  I'll keep my fingers crossed.  Mind you, if it was a welsummer rooster they are gorgeous!  That would mean I would be forced to get a couple of wives for him :) I only have 4 hens and the chick but a very large enclosure so have plenty of room :D

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Re: Taking a ride on mum
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2012, 16:28 »
It does look like a Welsummer female.  My bantams were quite easy to sex apart from one and that even turned out to be a girl (2 boys and 4 girls).  Some pictures on here in case you want to compare with mine.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=92319.0

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