Poultry Math Its a thing...I started with 16 hatchery birds on Nov 18 then had 1 death and adopted out 2 so dropped to the 13 thought we had 5 roosters. So went shopping at Danz hoping for 6 hens ended up with 5 hens and the 1 and only rooster (that I know of) then went to Danz today for 4 Midget White Turkeys and wouldn't you know it I came home with 11 peeping babies 4 pouts 2 Black Mottled Orps, 3 Jubilee, 2 Suxxex to ADD to the 6 ( 1 Mottled, 4 Brahmas,and yes a Partridge in a tree (well ok Brooder but close enough THANKS Danz your the BEST!!!!! I'm Dani4Hedgies and I am not ashamed to say I'm a Poultry Addict....
You have to love chicken math.
Well, my broody is doing just fantastic with the 8 foster chicks. They are climbing under, around, and over her. I never get tired of seeing those little faces poking out from her feathers.
Now the not-so-good news. She got off the nest last night. None of her 4 eggs hatched. It was sad. We went to do an eggtopsy and to our surprise and horror, the first one we opened was still alive. It looked really underdeveloped for day 23, however. I kicked myself for opening it without candling first. I candled the other 3, and thought one of them might still alive as well. I put all 3 in the incubator, just in case, and so far nothing. She didn't do a really great job at keeping them under her during her brood and given her history of poor hatch rates, I just think her broody instinct is a little off kilter. Eggtopsies from her previous bad hatches always showed several fully developed chicks that never pipped. I'm glad I have the incubator now so I can do the hatching and she can do the mothering.
I would still like to have some good broody hens and am shopping breeds. I hear a lot of people recommend silkies as a sure-fire broody. I am concerned however, that my rooster would injure such a petite bird. He's an ameraucana and although not enormous, he does seem like enough of a load for my orpingtons.
Edited by Morrigan - 5/15/16 at 9:06am