Wynette is back in lay and back with Atlas now. Got her first back-to-work egg just a few minutes ago. She did a great job as a broody mama, keeping them until they were almost 10 weeks old. She officially has abandoned the youngsters, much to their dismay, but if they guy coming Saturday does take the two males, I will move my #2 yet-to-be-named male (thinking maybe Apollo) and Athena into Atlas's pen to free up the #6 pen for Ida and her pair to leave the bantam coop.
That will open up the former little bantam coop as a grow-out coop for the bator-hatched chicks for awhile, until they are older and larger. Then, when those have outgrown the little 3.5 x 7.5 coop, I'll move the young BR and Brahma crowd into the slightly larger #6 pen in the barn to let them grow and begin sorting out my keepers. Of course, I have no idea how many chicks that will actually be. Currently, there are 14 BRs and 21 Brahmas, but being all shipped eggs, could end up with five chicks total, you just never know, but I predict that out of 35 currently incubating, I may end up with 15-18 chicks. So, we shall see if I'm right! I have 14 BRs still alive and kicking in there-I re-candled just this afternoon. None removed since the one that did not develop, all seem okay, even the ones with huge, scalloped air cells.
Was all that clear as mud? LOL Musical chickens! We all play that, don't we?
ETA: Dru's foot seems to be a tiny bit better. The swelling seems to have gone down ever-so-slightly and she is walking a little better when I put her on the ground, but I think she needs at least another day away from Atlas's attentions before I even consider putting her back.
Ida's pair today at 8 weeks old.
ETA: WOW, how time flies! I move the BRs into the hatcher either Saturday night or Sunday morning! I have no idea about the ones with the huge, scalloped air cells, if something will go wrong with those, but they were ALL moving when I candled on Day 14! All appeared normal. I expect from those 14 to at least get 7-9 chicks. Would be nice to get even more, but just like in football, never count any team out nor count on winning until the last second has counted down.
Edited by speckledhen - 5/20/16 at 8:07am