Baby just hatched! *Updated with pics!*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i guess i need to write things down. i had collected six eggs from my Showgirl Rooster and his Showgirl girlfriend and gave them to the only broody hen i had at the time, in another pen. i gave them to her sometime in late October - i thought maybe it was the 31st, or maybe the 28th. i was thinking i had another week or so, and have not even candled them yet.

    So just now i was out working on my coops, trying to figure out how to incorporate my eldest kid group and mom into an existing pen. Heard a baby chirping, but the sound wasn't coming from my shed (the nursery). Ran into my big silkie pen and into the coop to find a little white showgirl flopping around inside a nest box. The broody was out eating and scratching around.

    Grabbed the baby and ran inside and made my husband hold it while i ran back out to see if i could get the broody back on the nest. Well, she was back on already so i retrieved the chick and slid it back under her, while she pecked the beejesus out of my hand.

    Got a hutch set up in the shed and put her inside, nest box and all. Hope she's going to be a good mom. This is her first time, and i'm not impressed that she was off the nest while her newborn baby was flopping around in the cold. i guess we will see. i really gotta remember to write things down.
     
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  2. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    Two words. Pic tures! [​IMG]
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah now, i had a feeling someone would mention that. [​IMG]

    i will definitely get pics and put them up as soon as everyone finishes hatching.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm so glad the baby is okay. Good luck with the mommy.
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    As promised, here are pics. Seems that just two hatched. Three had not developed at all, and one did develop but i have a feeling is dead. Pulled out that egg and put it in an incubator so Carmen can concentrate on her kids. Carmen is not the bio-mom. Parents are a Columbian-colored Showgirl roo and a white bearded Showgirl.

    Here is the first baby to emerge, a little white showgirl. Sorry i couldn't move that piece of straw in the way, fear of having my hand pecked off.
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    Then, interestingly enough, a little partridge one.
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    Some sibling shots.
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    i'll try to get better ones once they come out to eat. So, i guess the Columbian color in silkies is created by somehow having partridge in the background somewhere?
     
  6. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh MY! They are wonderful! There is nothing more special or cuter than babies under a momma, even if it is an adopted momma
    Congrats!
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    She looks like a dedicated little mother hen.
     
  8. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great brooder! I got a mama hen and 4 chicks to teach the barn cats DONT MESS WITH THE CHICKENS! I let her free range 24/7 and she guarded the babies from us, the cats, the dogs, the horses, the kids, no one messes with mama! I'm hoping she'll go broody soon so I can put some chicks with her.....
     
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

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    I love a broody and chicks.

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  10. The Sheriff

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    Colleen,

    Get in your car and get over here with that showgirl for me! Now. I'll wait up. Where are you? [​IMG]

    Ok, be that way. I'll come by your place in the morning and pick it up. [​IMG]

    Mary

    p.s. This is really selfish of you considering you live ten minutes from me. [​IMG]
     
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