Digger is a mama!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wood&feathers, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have only had chooks for a year now. It was about this time last year we took our rooster as part of a group destined for freezer camp. Then when he turned out to be a sweetie, we had to get him some girls. First a couple RIR, then in March a BR and Australorp. All were acquired locally as young started pullets.

    Three weeks ago Digger our BR went hard core broody. I finally gave up breaking her and let her sit 5 eggs. Of the originals, only one was left a wk ago but 2 new ones appeared. The marked egg hatched Friday. The pic is here with her little white mutt, teaching it how to eat and drink.
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  2. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FYI they are both on chick starter now. The egg had been chirping for a couple days, and the watery scramble is Digger's morning treat. The little thing surprised us by coming out overnight.
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cute! [​IMG] Congrats! I really want to let one of our girls have a family next year....
     
  4. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I wasn't sure, her not being even a year old. I did try to make sure she got feed supplements. The only hitch is I had to remove her and the little one from the brooder to empty all the bedding. She keeps showing it how to FIND food...and buries the waterer under a pile of bedding. They were back inside in minutes but she gave me all kinds of grief about it.
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    What a great mamma! [​IMG]
    Does Digger have White Feet by any chance? [​IMG]
     
  6. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have wondered if she was even a rock sometimes. Her eggs are a shiny terra cotta, and her legs are gray over pink. The breeder who sold them is not a show type, realy country, a gravedigger. "Digger" keeps holes around the yard where she likes to hide. She really disappears at the base of a white oak.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats!

    My broody has 1 more week until she's a momma!
     
  8. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    Digger looks more like my Cuckoo Marans who lays terra cotta eggs than my Barred Rock. Whatever she is, she sure has a cute baby. Enjoy!
     
  9. hillfarm

    hillfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    awww. I can't wait for my lil EE to start a family. I wonder what EE and buff orp will look like. [​IMG]
     
  10. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I had been wondering if she was a Maran. For my purposes as a pet it doesn't really matter. I need to ask POP57 if he sold this fellow some birds. I can't imagine him acquiring Marans otherwise.

    She is the most devoted mother, and this lone chick will be spoiled rotten
     

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