Here is the first pip. The 'crack' has gotten a little bigger. It is still 'peeping', a little now, I think it is taking a break. I see the egg move every now and then....Question for anyone: How long "generally" does it take them to fully emerge? I understand alot of factors are involved, just trying to get some sort of 'time-line'. Thank you- Danielle
I NEED some of those gorgeous eggs! Congrats on your hatch!
Good luck! Im nervous about one of my chicks getting sick and having to treat. I'm sure it will happen eventually but it makes me nervous.
I have the same cage for a sick pen when needed,,,used it once for baby quail and ended up chasing 50 of them around the house, they went right thru the sides....
careful of using newspaper in a brooder ,,,,it can be slippery and cause spraddle leg in chicks...if you have any other bedding, you would be better to use that and cover with paper towels for the first couple days.
I buy the cheap shelf liner at the dollar store for the incubator and the first few days in the brooder. Make sure it's the rubber textured kind.
Tarps are a girl's best friend. Hardware can get pretty expensive, we have a Habitat for Humanity store near us, so I check there for hinges and stuff from time to time.
I'm almost completely finished the run on the coop we got from Craig's List I have before and after shots...
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Looks great! Love the sign!
I leave tomorrow for an impromptu visit to see my sister and meet my new nephew. The hubby has to stay home and work so it's just me and the 3 kiddos. Hoping my 18 month old does okay on the long drive. I packed tonight and make a weeks worth of meals for dh. He doesn't cook and I didn't want him to starve to death. Lol.
I have a question for those that free range. How many chickens do you lose on average? We have 8 acres. Half of it wooded. The chickens used to stay right by their coop but now they wonder farther and farther. We lost a white rock last month. No sign of a struggle just gone when we went to put them in for the evening. Tonight our silkie rooster is MIA. Hubby said no more free ranging. I haven't seen any predators (other than a barn cat every once in awhile). I love watching them free range and run to me when they see me. We spent most of the day outside and I didn't see or hear anything.
Here are some pictures from today. The chickens love to visit when we are swimming. The first picture is my daughter in the baby pool being silly. We had watermelon and of course the chickens got their own since it was so darn hot today! Lol
Just in case I'm allowed to hatch more eggs does anyone have the dark chocolate maran eggs, bright blue or a pretty green egg layer and I'm looking for polish, frizzle and serama eggs too. LMK! Thanks!