April Adopt-along

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aunt Angus, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I just stuck a chick under my broody tonight. I'm VERRRRY nervous right now!

    A little back story:
    Poppy the Buff Orpington has been fiercely, seriously broody for 18 days. The local feed stores all get their shipments of new day-olds on Thursdays (I called around). So I stopped by after work and picked up a Welsummer pullet - just one because I am expecting a shipment of 3 in early June. I figured I'll try one. If it works, great! If not, I'll bring her in, buy her a sister, and brood them together in the house. Then I'll change my June order. So I just set my alarm for early in the morning to make sure all goes well.

    I am super concerned because when I put the chick under her, both she and the chick were silent. Completely noiseless. No peeping from baby. No cooing from prospective mama. Should I be concerned??? I guess I'll know in the morning..........

    Updates to follow!
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Waiting on an update. All should be fine.
     
  3. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I sure hope so, sourland! :fl
    It's 3:34 am here. I can't stay asleep... And when I do fall asleep, I have nightmares about chicken cannibalism.
     
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  4. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose Songster

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    The picture won't show up. Good luck with your hen, I hope she takes the chick!
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You didn't go out and check? :D
    :fl
     
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  6. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I went out to the coop pre-dawn, and I couldn't hear anything. Both Poppy and Bryony (baby) were completely silent. As the sun started creeping up, it got light enough that I could see into the isolation pen where the two are being kept. It's under the poop board, and the other three were still on the roost. I didn't see any signs of carnage. But I was still worried because it was silent: no peeps from baby, no coos from broody.

    Then it got a little lighter. I could see Poppy better. She was awake, but still silent. Then, all of a sudden, her head popped up. It was like a cartoon. I am surprised a lightbulb didn't materialize over her head. She stood up and stuck her head under her feathers. Still no peeping. I thought for a second that she'd smothered her.

    Then out popped Bryony. Poppy puffed up a bit and pecked at the baby a couple of times. I opened the pen. I thought Poppy was going to get violent. But she just shoved the baby back under her and settled in again. Poppy got up and stuck her head under her feathers again. Then she turned around, sat back down, stood up, turned again, and went through this routine a few more times for good measure. Baby was quiet as can be throughout all of this nervous shifting.

    Then finally she started clicking the way mamas are supposed to. It seems to have worked!

    I really don't think she knew the baby was there all last night. I think what I saw was her realizing she was no longer sitting on an egg but on an actual chick.

    It's still pretty dark out there. I will get pics later.

    This only worked because of the advice and articles on BYC!
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    That’s awesome look forward to mama and new baby!!
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Great story telling!

    Whew!
    Does she have eggs under her too?
    Remove those if you can.
     
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  9. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Thanks!

    Nope. I had her on a couple of ceramic eggs. I took one day before yesterday knowing she'd be getting one chick. The last one went right before the baby went under. Hopefully, she will stop velociraptor mode soon.
     
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  10. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Here's the mama (Poppy) and the baby (Bryony). I know y'all have probably seen this many times, but it's new to me, and I can't get enough!
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    So glad I gave adoption a try!
    :love
     
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