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  1. SA gardener

    100% hatch rate☺️ !!!

    I'm so happy 🤗 that all 8 of my eggs hatched. Was anticipating 50-80 % with my broody hen based off what I had read and I guess I got lucky. I had stored the eggs the wrong way (pointed side up) and I only realised that afterwards but they were all less than 6 days old - so fresh. Also I had...
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    Feeding chicks

    Dirt floor in the run (protected area surrounding coop) which is directly outside their coop .
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    Feeding chicks

    Yes , they are with the mother hen, but I am building a brooder in case anything goes wrong . Currently I am going into summer , average temperature indoors is above 20° C, which is 68 Fahrenheit
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    Feeding chicks

    And about the material they running on, is bare soil okay ? or should I use pine shavings. I don't have pine shavings at the moment but I can easily make with a hand planer . I am afraid they might eat it or the finer particles . Alternatively could I put them in a "chicken tractor" on my lawn?
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    Feeding chicks

    No , they are to be layers - Australorps
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    Feeding chicks

    What should I feed 24 hour old chicks ? I found "broiler starter" at a local pet shop and I bought it because they had nothing else for chicks. Can I feed them it ? I'm raising some Australorps from my broody hen and some "Potchefstroom Koekoek" chicks are scheduled to arrive soon
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    Broody hens egg broken

    UOTE="Allsfairinloveandbugs, post: 23429007, member: 556942"] Yes i have had all the possibilities u mentioned happen, including losing 2 "egg babies" within a few days of hatching just last week. A first for me was that earlier this year, an actual newly hatched chick, not just an egg, got...
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    Broody hens egg broken

    I found 1 of my broody hens eggs in my coop today broken. I don't know what happened but I suspect 1 of 3 things : 1- the hen incubating the egg pecked at it till it broke 2 - one of my other hens which are not broody came into the coop and caused the damage (for whatever reason) , while the...
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    Brooder setup

    Yes , they are a scheduled to arrive on the hatch day
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    Brooder setup

    Yes it is just an Infrared bulb , but I think the "spot" part indicates that it focuses onto a small area which is why I'll raise it to disperse the heat a little better
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    Brooder setup

    One of hens has gone broody and is currently incubating 9 eggs (all I had at the time she went broody). I can't be sure ,but it seems like I'll get 7 chicks (if I'm interpeting the candling right). I read that a hen depending on its size can look after 14 + chicks. Mine, being medium sized, I...
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    Homemade yogurt for cats

    I have been attempting to make yogurt lately with a simple lemon juice starter culture (lemon juice in milk left for about 4 hours) and using that in a bowl of milk. It hasn't worked out too well since the texture is not right and it's smelling a little sour. So is it fine if I give this...
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Guess I'm one of the lucky ones then 😉
  14. SA gardener

    Double yolk ☺️

    Yes, it was the hens 10th egg ,but it skipped a day after that , so bonus + (-1) lol
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Don't know how this happened but I'm glad it did 😋
  16. SA gardener

    2 eggs one day

    I literallyy locked her in the coop both times because I saw her showing signs that she was about to lay (and locking the coop keeps the other hens out and helps her calm down)
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    2 eggs one day

    Very soft, The lighting in the picture is making it look like it had a shell. it is just the membrane .
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    2 eggs one day

    One of my hens laid 2 eggs today, but the problem is that one of them was shell-less I am 100% sure it's from this one particular hen since I seen it sitting in the box right before finding the eggs. It laid a normal egg at 8AM and a shell-less at 6PM (10 hours apart) The hen is new to laying...
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    Eggs laid from perch

    Found 3 eggs this morning, one normal in the nesting box and 2 under the perch ,of those 2 : 1 was shell-less and the other was smashed ( from impact) The shell-less egg came from a hen laying for the first time while the smashed egg came from a hen that had laid 2 other eggs previously during...
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    First egg!!!!!!! 🙂

    Got my first egg today Sooo exciting 1 of my 3 Australorps (don't know which one) , laid this egg in the middle of the run next to their feeder and water, which is a spot with moist soil that they usually bath in ,odd place to lay an egg The egg is tiny, a mere 40 grams (1.41 ounces) and appears...
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