Originally Posted by zooweemama
Quick question. My mil caught Betty off her nest outside foraging this morning. She said she was outside for at least an hour. But she was back on her nest the rest of the day. Is this normal? Or the eggs junk now? Or is this a sign of a bad broody?
My broodies took advantage of my evening chores and ran off their nests like crazy ladies and when I was done with my chores and my glass of wine, I usually had to tell them babysitting was over, get back to work. There is nothing like watching a broodie run off her nest, sqwauking at anyone who looked their way. Even funnier to see everyone else run when they hear them coming! The eggs actually get cold while they're off, I used the time to candle and count eggs. After my broody experience last year, I think I wouldn't freak so much about changes in the incubator.
Originally Posted by SilkiesForEver
Thanks for the link Dian.
Just wanted to share that another of my ewes just lambed 20 minutes ago. She's 7 years old, so we were really worried about her delivery. But, everything went great, and we ended up with two gorgeous baby girls!!
Awe, love watching moms licking her babies. Glad they found the breakfast bar.
Originally Posted by chiqita
sheep! so exciting!
Zoo, I had one set of orph and Marans broodies who used to take an hour off every day to do a HUGE broody poop and scare all the other chickens, eat and get water. They would put their wings out and make this INSANE noise and walk up the sidewalk in the back. Up and down, eat, up and down, eat.... I don't know that they took an hour, but they were off for a fair bit.
They were the only birds sparkles did NOT decide to join going broody with.
How was everyones weekend? We went to wineland and had a lot of fun. Indoor coop seems to be working, but I had a surprise quail hatch today! I was not expecting to out them in lockdown till tonight. One poor baby got her foot stuck in the turner, shes going to need a cup later.
MMMMmmm, where did you go in wineland? Hope the little surprise's foot is OK.
Originally Posted by zooweemama
I have a question. A dear friend took in my roo Samson a few months ago. They love him so much. Well a coon got him and he is doing very badly and I am sure he is not going to make it. I collected 4 eggs from her hoping to do something with them. Betty is on day 4 of sitting on her eggs. Is that too many days? Can I make it work in a pinch. They loved that rooster and having a little piece of him would be so precious. *fingers crossed*
I'm so sorry about Samson, he'll make it. If I didn't have anyone to hatch them, I'd throw them under her because odds are you'll have another broody soon. When my Polish went broody I didn't notice the others were laying in her nest for another week. I let her stay on them until another hen went broody (#5 in a month) and I took her eggs, candled them and gave them to the new broody. I know it's chancy but it's still borderline for your broody if you don't move her and the chicks after they start hatching. My Polish hatched chicks over a week before she gave up to take care of all the chicks, but I didn't move her. The only problem I had was that the new ones were getting trampled. I should have moved some into the brooder. She hatched around 20 but 4 were flattened. I felt so bad.
Originally Posted by tls_ranch
I've missed a lot because we've been gone for several days and I'm trying to get caught up on this thread. Just got back from AZ tonight...what a long drive there and back! Glad to be home...lost one chicken while I was gone. Of course it was one of my favorites, but other than that the trip went well.
We took the kids to see the grandparents who live in the "middle of nowhere" but have great views of the desert...the Grand Canyon is just over this "mountain" in their "back yard".
Must have been a beautiful drive. If it has to be long at least you had this view for awhile.
Originally Posted by COOPER12
Love the chickens Ron. I have been super busy moving. still have to finish moving and finish the runs and bring the chickens.
Very tired. Anyways hope to be on more like normal next week.
My new rooster had a rough wet trip and seems like he is snoring some. I am giving him some Vetrex hope it helps.
So good to hear from you. I'm sure you have one tired farm! Hope some rest helps you all.