Originally Posted by chippysmom327
I have my first broody of the year! My cute lil' banty cochin hen. She raised guinea keets for me last summer.
It was literally perfect timing, I have eggs due to hatch next week. Can I put them under her even though they're on Day 14? If not I'll just give her the chicks when they hatch.
Some hens are great at getting chicks early, others not so much.... hens tend to have 'phases' to their brooding....
Pre broody- for 3 days or so before they decide to set they roam around clucking and generally being nasty to everyone who gets near them....
Setting broody- from getting eggs till hatch time, they are parked and intent, may get off of nest once a day for stretch, food/water and poo... usually pretty intense and lasts at least 10 days or more
hatching mode- hen begins talking to the eggs a day or so before hatch, she is transitioning into full hatch and mama mode and is expecting to feel babies moving under her soon. If she isn't ready for this stage she can continue to 'set heavy' and possibly smother chicks when she is not making accommodations for their movement at that time.
Some hens can switch to the hatching mode quite quickly, others just don't do well until they have been setting for 10+days, some hens it is 15 days, totally depends on the hen.
When you give a broody new chicks before she has been setting for 10-14 days you have to really watch her to make sure she is responding to the chicks and begins cooing to them and otherwise responding well to them, same if you give them eggs due to hatch soon, make sure she is talking to them and isn't still stuck in the 'just sit' mode or it can cause trouble. I had one hen who didn't transition when given eggs close to their due date, she had only been broody for about 10 days and when the chicks hatched she smothered 2 before I realized what the problem was and removed the rest. I gave her other eggs then and she sat another 2+ weeks and hatched out the new clutch with no problems at all. I didn't realize until after that she had not been 'talking' to her eggs and she just didn't seem ready for them to hatch..... lesson learned and now I watch for the signs so I can (hopefully) avoid problems....
Originally Posted by wingstone
Hubby did it again this year, and is no longer allowed to go to TSC alone during chick days
He was going for fencing so I told him to check for marked down Perkin ducks.
What I got
4 red ranger
20 leghorn, doubt they are all leghorn, some of them are pretty hefty with fat legs.
His excuse, they were only ..65 each.
At that price I would be tempted also!
sounds like some of your 'leghorns' might be white rocks or cornish x instead...
Originally Posted by chiques chicks
Tim and Heather tried to unload that bin on me yesterday. I resisted, told them later in the week. They were $1, but I was offered a "deal".
Nice of you to save me from myself.
her hubby was just being 'neighborly'!
Originally Posted by LadyBehir
Colleen stole some mac n cheese from Loreili's bowl.
that is adorable!