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  1. Atomic Ranch

    Chick poop is like water - just one chick

    I always refer to the "poo chart": http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0 A wild guess may be that since both of you are talking about smaller or bantam chicks, they may be more sensitive to being too hot?
  2. Atomic Ranch

    1st hatch question.....HELP PLEASE

    If you haven't consulted this link (with some wonderful photos) yet, it might be of assistance: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261876/chicks-are-here-egg-candling-pics-progression-though-incubation And the overview...
  3. Atomic Ranch

    1st hatch question.....HELP PLEASE

    I'm a bit new, but here's what I understand (before you turn in for the night, some rudimentary answers): The day you placed them in the incubator is Day 0, so today at 8:30am would be day 15. At day 18, you're supposed to "lockdown" and not turn, touch, etc.. That would technically be...
  4. Atomic Ranch

    Wind River Healthcare and their Hatching Activity....

    X2 What a great idea. Good for everyone involved !
  5. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Lol! Look at that! So awesome... what a beautiful hen too. You and Miss Lydia are totally right-- they both ventured out into the rest of the territory within a couple of hours. Like a little satellite orbiting mom, baby stayed with her and imitated her. Preen for preen, stretch for...
  6. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    I'm just now experimenting with this too. So far, the mother has been very protective. The other hens have taken curious pecks at the chick, but too much and she'll retaliate. There was one pretty big scuffle with another hen (a RIR) yesterday, and I was surprised by the absolute pummeling...
  7. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    So, she's out in the run with baby already?! After reading about broody/baby integration, I noticed many said to not keep them cooped up too late the following morning to avoid stress of close quarters. So I opened the hatch at 6am, saw that there had been no mayhem, and went back to sleep (I...
  8. Atomic Ranch

    Chick Pics?

    My first flock is a year old now. The big Partridge Rock went broody and insisted on setting, so I gave it a go. One egg quit, but the other hatched Thursday... (Delaware + Cochin roo with momma):
  9. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Haha, thanks :) It was a particularly clear day today. The fuzzy definitely likes the sun. New things...
  10. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Wow, they're such fast learners. Baby scratches with momma, and listens to her. Keeps pecking her in the eye though... kids! Yep, she's on the floor with baby tonight.
  11. Atomic Ranch

    Are Gopher Snakes a Threat? (pics of the big guy)

    Lol, thanks. It was about 6 or 7 feet from my broody and her chick, so naturally I didn't care for that. When it hid under/inside of the log, I wanted to keep an eye on it, so I couldn't go get gloves or anything... I just figured to slowly move the log and trap it underneath a large water...
  12. Atomic Ranch

    Are Gopher Snakes a Threat? (pics of the big guy)

    I saw it again today. IN the run. I did, just today, let a baby chick out with the broody and the others. The snake and the other chickens were just sort of looking at each other... no pecking, no attacking, just curious bocking. This time I had the shovel and banged against the stump it was...
  13. Atomic Ranch

    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Thank you! Well, I opened the nest boxes back up and they came down into the main coop-- the fuzzy on its own, down the ramp. Many of the other gals aren't paying them much mind at the moment. One of the RIRs did take a couple of pecks and challenged momma... a BIG chicken fight ensued... and...
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