Im in a happy shock.

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NormandyMary

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Im in a happy shock.
« on: June 18, 2009, 20:02 »
Hello everyone, I'm back!
Had such a surprise this afternoon, when I went to clean the chooks out. I had had two broodies sitting on 4 eggs each, though to be honest, I wasnt expecting anything. Well...suddenly a little head appeared out from under my light sussex, then another, then another two from the black rock. So now Im the very proud owner of 2 yellow and 2 ginger chicks. I legged it to the pet centre to get some chick food and an appropriate feeder and put a suitable water feeder down. They have all had a drink and a good feed, although they did try to eat their mum's food first.
On a sad note though, this evening, after a day of lethargy, my oldest and dearest hen Brownie passed away.
A tale of two emotions today I think.

Is there anything else I should be doing for the babes? They are still in the main hen house, as the mothers made their nests on the floor. They seem quite happy there.

Thanks,

Mary.

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Re: Im in a happy shock.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 20:45 »
so sorry to hear about your loss of Brownie  :(
but so very very pleased about your four little ones  :D, mums will know what to do with them, yeah, don't forget the photo's xx
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Im in a happy shock.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 22:30 »
Hi Mary

Sorry to hear about Brownie :(
But great news about the little ones :D

Only thing that would concern me is them being all together with the other adult hens, they could attack the babies :(


Sarah :)

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Re: Im in a happy shock.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 22:33 »
I would move them to a seperate pen.

Michelle
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Re: Im in a happy shock.
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009, 22:56 »
Good advice above, I have had older hens hurst chicks so I always move them into a seperate pen now.

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Re: Im in a happy shock.
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2009, 00:36 »
Aah well that's where the problem is, as I dont have a second henhouse. When I put them to bed tonight, the other two hens and Monty (the father) were well away from the brood. The mothers are very defensive. Ill just have to keep a very close eye on them and jump into action should the need arise. My henhouse is a 5 foot square cube, so there is plenty of room to keep them apart if necessary.



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