Originally Posted by maggiemo madileana
Wow, wow, wow. What a story. Keep us posted.
Cochicx/Trish....Allyour chicks look like pullets to me! Haha! Cathy is right, they change daily! Can't wait to see what you end up with, they are all beautiful!.
I have another week to go with my broody sitting on the eggs from Cathy, I think a week. I can never remember if day one is the day you put them under the broody or the day after. I gave her eggs April 29th, late in the day so I think I will start to listen for chipping next Friday. I haven't candled or anything. I am just leaving the broody to it on her own.
Happy Friday everyone. How is everyone's gardens growing? I have my tomatoes and peppers and most everything else out in the garden.
So you trying to jinx my desire for a cockerel?! I know call me crazy, but want/need one, especially a blue egg gene carrying dude (that would be nice). I am wondering about the white one being a male, that was Percheron Chicks guess. As far as the broody, I believe the count starts the day after you load her up with eggs. Just like when you incubate. How exciting, we passed on Cathy's eggs as we didn't have a broody or time for another incubation round and of course have had two Broodies since then. One is very serious, been having to pull her out of the nest boxes at feeding time or she won't eat. Oh well that is how it works sometimes. Good luck with your broody can't wait to see pictures.
I have garden envy, you have a great garden space and lots of sunlight! Anyway, we haven't gotten ours in yet, been working on our greenhouses. Hoping to get our starts planted soon.
Originally Posted by coop410silkies
COCHix, I bought a cheap ($16), large, telescoping fish net on Amazon, and I started carrying it with me - in its shorter configuration - when I went down to the coops to do chores. I, too, have scars on my legs (and holes in my pants), both old and new, and I was becoming so fearful - and angry with my Roos - that chores were a burden and my Roos were endangered. The net is not really convenient to carry around, but for awhile I wouldn't go anywhere without it. These Roos attacked even my large LGD, which really made me mad. Sooo, initially when a bird flew at me, I just stuck out the net, caught him, and held him down for a few minutes; not one of them ever got up and attacked again right away, but they might the next day, or even a little sooner. The last couple of birds I pinned, I put a weight on the net and left them pinned while I went about my chores. It didn't hurt them, I felt safe and comfortable and in control, and when I let them up, they went flying the heck out of there. I let my dog sniff them when they are pinned, and I think she learns to recognize the offenders, and they learn some respect. Not one has attacked me in the last few weeks, but what I really want is for them to get out of my way when they see me coming. Some do now, but some I still manipulate with the net, pushing them off the hens at feeding time and shoving them out of the way when they start hovering. The net gives me so much control with these guys, and I am happy. Looking forward to the day when I can leave The Net on the wall and be safe with just my dog. And of course The Net is a godsend to me for just catching chickens. If anyone called me wimpy, though, I would be hard pressed to disagree.
Thanks for the advice and suggestions, I admit I am not afraid of the roo. I am just more mad at him. After ;)all we raised him from day one, gave him more girls than he ever knew what to do with, eliminated all of his competitors, etc. I figured he would show some appreciation or respect.
Cute babies and congrats on the eggs.