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  1. chickenlisa

    Breeding Mandarin Ducks

    Where are you located?I have 3 females and 1 male still available for sale this Fall. the male and 2 females are from this May (2014) hatch and the other female is from last year's hatch...They are fully flighted and regular colored. I bought a pair of whites this Spring, so I want to downsize...
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    Mandarin Duck thread ( for posting pictures and discussing)

    They'll fly away if they are free, and if they are pinioned, predators will get them easily. We keep ours penned up, double layers of netting over the top, and fully winged so they can fly inside their pen.
  3. chickenlisa

    Mandarin Duck thread ( for posting pictures and discussing)

    My Mama and her babies are still very hidden and they hatched on Mother's Day...they run to the shelter of the big dog house (attached to their pen) if I go toward the end where their branches and cover are...or they stay hidden under all the cover if I am at the end where the pool and shelter...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Here are the pics I said I'd post of Meanie Mama, but now she's just a Great Mama...I can't call her Meanie when she is doing exactly what she should be doing, protecting these 9 precious babies. We heard a fox last night and saw it with our big spot light. She didn't make a peep and kept all...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Yep, I know. She did a super job and is such a good mama! She is super protective and that's fine with me... Good Luck with yours!
  6. chickenlisa

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Meanie hatched 9 chicks in all- she had 11 eggs, but 1 died in the shell after it zipped...1 didn't develop. Pretty good hatch rate I think. Better than in the incubator! Here are a few pics I just took:
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    Mandarin Duck thread ( for posting pictures and discussing)

    My 1st Mandarin who sat on eggs dropped one of hers in their pool, and there was a tiny undeveloped duckling inside it. So I didn't SEE HER do it, but I think she must have...she hardly ever left her nestbox so I doubt anyone else got in there and took that egg. my 2nd Mandy mama is on eggs...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    I love this thread...lots of broody Mamas and their babies. Here is my contribution for today...This is 'Meanie' mama and her 1st baby to hatch. Such a sweet looking little chick, as soon as she saw me, she burrowed under Meanie's wing and disappeared. There are more peeping noises under her...
  9. chickenlisa

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Here is my broody hen "Meanie" in her new digs....She is on day 15 now, so it won't be too long now.....and they have space to grow up in there quite a bit until I need to move them to a big pen.
  10. chickenlisa

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    We moved my 21 young chicks- 4-6 week olds, out to a big pen this afternoon, and took "Meanie" the Broody hen out with her eggs and put her into the portable chicken tractor right outside our back door. She had a few min off of her eggs, pooed a big pile, ate and drank for maybe the 1st time in...
  11. chickenlisa

    Mandarin Duck thread ( for posting pictures and discussing)

    My 2nd Mandarin female is setting now! Yay! She's been on eggs most of this week, not sure what day she started...I may end up candling them in a few weeks to see what stage they're at and taking them to finish hatching indoor in my hovabator...I will have more brooder space freed up then and...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    I just found the pics of Meanie when she had her duckling babies...only 2 years ago (and I thought it was more!) She really is a good Mama!
  13. chickenlisa

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Thank you! I've never had much luck with Broodies...our oldest hen was broody 1 summer, let 1 chick hatch and killed all of the others as they hatched (or her sisters did). she hasn't even tried to be broody since...We've had a few be good mamas, but they are no longer living...and this one who...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    My Broody hen "Meanie" is at it again...so I finally gave her 11 of our backyard flock eggs yesterday...5 BCMs and 6 OE eggs. She is a small Ameraucana hen...not a bantam, but not a big girl either She has been flat and nasty for a week and every time I tried to gather eggs she about had a...
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    May Hatch-a-Long!

    where are you? out of 18 Easter HAL chicks, I think I have at least half that are little Roos. 2 out of 2 Wheaten Marans are Roos, half of my Speckled Sussex are Roos I think,1 out of 1 Silver Birchen Maran is a Roo, more in my BYM chicks, and on and on. Then none of my 18 May HAL SIlver...
  16. chickenlisa

    May Hatch-a-Long!

    Thank you Glenann! I'm working on trying to find some chicks...
  17. chickenlisa

    May Hatch-a-Long!

    well, day 23 here. 1 out of 18 Silver Birchens pipped, but died before it zipped. Yellowish liquid oozed out of the pipped hole and as soon as I saw that I grabbed the egg to help, but was too late. That chick died. The 2 other eggs that looked like chicks were in them didn't pip (yet) so I...
  18. chickenlisa

    May Hatch-a-Long!

    Sugar water? Keep them in there til they warm up and the brooder box is toasty warm again, electrolytes to boost them too?
  19. chickenlisa

    May Hatch-a-Long!

    aghhhhhh I just came back a bit ago from feeding all of my birds in this downpour today...and saw 3 of my newly hatched baby Mandarins dead on the wet pen floor. The Mama had moved them down to our converted old doghouse (yay freecycle!) and even though it has a ramp going into and out of it ...
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