Originally Posted by pharmchickrnmom
Morning all. I came here first thing this am because I have good news. My broody silkie, Stripe, hatched out her egg some time last night! When I went out this morning (early because the stupid dog had to go out), I opened the door to check on her and when she moved a little, out fell the new chick! I was only able to get a quick peek before she tucked it back under. She seemed very proud this morning and didnt try to rip my hands off so I think she wanted me to see what she had done and was rewarded with praise and a good petting. The other chick in there, who is a week older, seems to be fine with the newbie as well. I will go out later and really inspect the newbie. I guess I just learned a lesson about being patient and marking the calendar when I let a hen sit! I am so excited! I still have the dividing fence up so dad doesnt try and kill them. I will be building a broody box though as its easier on the hen and less stressful for me!!!
Hen--glad to hear your patient is recovering. Hopefully with enough time and treatment, she will have a full recovery and not have it happen again.
Cass--sounds like some interesting crosses you have.
Off to serve the masses again. Getting slammed every day so far because of the holiday weekend coming up. No rest for the weary.
Congratulations to Stripe! She's doing a better job than Daphne, that's for sure.
The last three eggs remain unpipped. I'm positive at this point that they're duds or dead-in-shell, but I'll give them one more night and pull them tomorrow, and then the clumsy wannabe is going to be stuck in a broody-breaking cage for a couple of days to cool her backside. I may not even crack them open - I've seen quite enough dead chicks over the past few days for a while without adding to it. Oh, who am I kidding - I'll open them and try to figure out what happened.
Speaking of backsides, there have been NO, count 'em, ZERO prolapses today! Clem (short for Clementine - she looks like a little mountain man with the Faverolle beard) had quite a bit to say to me when I got home from work. I'm sure none of it was complimentary. Too bad for her - she can cool her heels a couple more days to make sure she doesn't relapse when she gets around to laying an egg. Hooray for raw honey, saline, Epsom salts, and Preparation H!
The three eggs under my second broody BO are due Tuesday. Let's hope she does a better job than this epic fail of a mom did. I figured out what happened to the fourth egg. I found a broken shell in the middle of the playroom with the contents gone. At the time, I didn't look for the Sharpie mark, as the girls lay in there all the time, but now I suspect that that was the missing egg. Either it was a dud or she accidentally booted it out and it broke - either way, someone must have sucked down the contents. Eeew. My third BO's four eggs are due the week after. She's a big hen, but, being a BO, motherhood is in her blood - I'll bet she succeeds. As for Gladys and the Peeps, those four little monsters are having a growth spurt now that they're three weeks old. Gladys is a dinky little Orp, so she's looking a wee bit uncomfortable when they jam themselves under her now.
The light outside is turning yellow - storm light. Maybe it'll take down some of this humidity. Bleah.