Adoptive momma and chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by megshenhut, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. megshenhut

    megshenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are a couple pics of my Cuckoo marans hen with her chicks that I hatched in a bator and gave her.

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  2. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely adorable pics - she looks like a very attentive momma bird. What types of chicks are they - they look very assorted!
     
  3. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, how Cute! [​IMG]

    She looks like a good momma hen. [​IMG]
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great picture!
     
  5. megshenhut

    megshenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are mostly all mutts. One roo is an EE and one is an Australorpe. Moms are Welsummers, Australorpes, EEs, Buff Orpingtons and Cuckoo Marans.
     
  6. megshenhut

    megshenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a very good momma except she bites me when I get too close. [​IMG] This was her first time to go broody and she took to these little ones just like she hatched them herself.
     
  7. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what did you do with the eggs she was sitting on ?!
     
  8. megshenhut

    megshenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She had wooden eggs she was sitting on. She went broody about a week after I put these eggs in the bator so I gave her the wooden eggs to brood. After these hatched I gave her the babies and took the wooden ones away. I didn't have space for her to actually hatch her own and have these in a separate pen. Also having a momma teach and care for babies makes things so much easier. I have never lost a baby with a broody.
     
  9. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What great timing! I would love to know how you went about removing the wooden eggs and putting the new babies underneath her. She must have been a bit agitated? I would like to try this sometime...if any of my hens ever go broody...
     
  10. megshenhut

    megshenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my babies hatched throughout the day. The first one had hatched that morning by 7:30. After dark, I took that one out to momma hen and left the other 8 in the bator. I checked on her before I went to bed and she seemed fine with the one. I got up early the next morning before daylight and checked on the one. It was fine, so I took the other 8 out and put under her and took the fake eggs away. I checked on her throughout the morning and she was fine and the babies were fine. She stayed on the nest for another day and then got out and starting showing her little ones the food and water and the rest is history. They will be 4 weeks old this coming Monday. I'll try to get some more pics.
     

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