Trying to put my 3 month old silkies in with the adults. Stupid roo thinks hooray, fresh meat. Hens attack, and the roo makes them back off, then tries to mount them. How do I keep the roo from mounting the babies? I think they are girls, but not positive.
That is a very good question. I dont have an answer but is the mounting hurting them?
OK, humidity holding well and regulating appropriately now, no more funny noise, and I have calmed down. I thought I was going to be so COOL about this hatch - nope. Let's see how many times I freak out during lockdown....
Meanwhile, @Sally Sunshine
you wanted photos. I finished the new coop today, and moved the Naked Necks in this evening. They are a little freaked and huddled on the floor of the run in a corner in a pig pile (that's how they've been sleeping in the tractor). They'll be grumpy kept in there for a few days to "learn" it's their new home, since they're used to roaming a lot, but it is pretty nice in there. I assume they'll figure out that they have a sheltered henhouse with roosts eventually.
Still have lots of cleaning up of stuff in the yard, and I need to start building tractors now (growout for the chicks) and some A-frames (for solo roosters). But it's nice to get it done. And Dumbledore is back outside with his girls - his tail feathers are growing back out. I don't have it in me to set up the brooder right now - I'm about to drop. I'll set it up after work tomorrow...
Busy week at work next work. I just know I'll be a wreck while at work worrying about the hatch/chicks - I can't take off to watch them. I just need to have faith - what will be, will be...
I'm going to try to do a read back of the stuff I missed before heading to bed.
@Sally SunshineFINAL update! I might still be shaking... About an hour ago, I texted @Jessimom that the last silkie, whom I had made the pip for this morning, still hadn't done anything and that I was starting to panic... Sure enough, I go back to the bator and she had started zipping. Meanwhile, my daughter lost her first tooth and I got all caught up in that- Hubby and I put her to bed and I ALMOST started the dishes from the game but thought I'd peek at her progress (see totally procrastinate!)... She had stopped chirping and moving. I thought for sure she was DIS... So, like I told Jessimom, I SPRUNG into action!🐣😂👍 I nearly had an anxiety attack peelig away the shell. She was "gulping" air but not chirping. Finally I pulled one piece off and she literally exploded herself out the top. She was DRY! I tossed her back in the bator with the warm damp towel I had used for the SEAL team extraction. She is chirping away in there and ditched her "pants" right away... I am pleased to close out my first hatch with having learned more than I even wanted to but super grateful to you all!!! Final count stands at 23/28 that went to lockdown- out of 41.
I could NOT have done it without you crazy chicken people! 💃💃💃❤️