Can you tell so early?

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  1. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies are 3 days old. There are two, a white and a brown, who will about once an hour, stretch really tall up on their toes and make a distinctive Peep Peep Peep. I am pretty sure it is always the same two. The brown is a pretty rich shade of brown and the white is one of the bigger ones and very fluffy. So can't be 100% sure, but pretty sure it's just those 2 when I hear that call and look to see.

    Are they roosters? Can you tell so early? It is a very distinctive stretch-to-the-sky and peep.
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ime They Are Baby Gamebirds Looking For More Babies Or Mamma. All Seces I Have Do That Very Same Behavior/ For Unknodn Reasons Not Everyone Of Them Will Do It, But As Far As Sexes Go I Do Have Both Sexes That Do It (i Have A 2 Ring Neck Pheasants Hens Doing As We Type... With These Guys There's No Doubt About Sex At A Very Early Age As It Is Readily Apparent By Their Eye Patch That Tells You Who's Roo And Who's Hen..)
     
  3. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww, now I am wondering if I should give them a feather duster or something [​IMG] They must want Momma, there are 30-odd babies in that brooder.
     
  4. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Just give them a warm brooder, good GBS, clean tap water, and let them grow up!

    ME thinks you are over thinking things [​IMG]
    They will be fine if they are warm enough, have plenty of good feed, and clean water. They will bond to and comfort each other, no feather duster required.
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I always use a feather duster in the brooder. I started using it when I had some solo duck hatches, but the critters really seem to like having a pile a feathers to run under and out and under and out and under and out.... [​IMG] It mimics natural behavior so why not? Especially since they cost about $1.
     
  6. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
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    We can't tell if they need anything else in there with them.

    We need pictures to be able to tell that.
     
  7. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's that?? Cute little baby pics you say?? Done!
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  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope They Look Fine To Me...
     
  9. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
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    They look fine to me as well!

    The white one with the full crop...Cool.

    Remember...2-3 days to a coturnix is an eternity.
     
  10. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL, yeah, I will take the FULL feed dish out, clean the brooder, put the Exact Same FULL feed dish back and they all rush to it and stuff themselves like piglets, scattering feed everywhere and destroying any sort of cleanliness.

    [​IMG] But at least I know how to get them to eat!
     

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