Eight hatched so far!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bossynbella, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, We have over the last year gone from 3 Red star hens, to a odd assortment of standerds, bantams, and Silkys. We even have 3 call ducks and 2 Indian runner ducks.

    Our silkys have been broody so we put some eggs under them and sure enough 4 chicks hatced out of 5 eggs from both Ebony and Ivory ( two of our silkys) So we have 4 two week old chicks and 4 one week old chicks. They are odd colors One of the silkys is white with one spot on its back. All but two have feathered legs and two have 5 toes. Our Rooster is not a silky but he does have feathering on his legs. I am not sure exactly what he is A friend gave us two of them.


    Also a little off topic, How many roosters are too many. Not counting however many of the 8 babys are roosters, we have 2 12 wk old Red Sex linked Roosters, and One 12 wk old Barred Rock Rooster, we have a 8 wk old Cherry Egger rooster, Two banty roosters, though one seems to old to do anything He is over 5 and we have never seen him do anything.
    We also have a 12wk old Silver Spangled Hamburg.
    A friend gave us the BR, Cherry Egger and S.S. Hamburg because we ordered chicks with her and she didnt want the roosters.
    Do I need to seperate and how many hens per rooster??
    Sorry its so long just keep thinking of more questions.
     
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  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i only have 1 rooster for my 12 hens.sounds like you are rooster poor lol.
     
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  3. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    I "think" I read somewhere you need one rooster for every 4 to 6 hens for proper fertilization.. just remember I said I think.. LOL
    I know nothing about chickens only what I read :O)
    Denna
     
  4. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help so far I think we have something like 40 hens so any more then 8 roosters would be to many, does this sound correct?


    Also does anyone know are Silkys the only chickens with 5 toes. Our chicks are mix's and some are probably from our silky hens. Most of the babies 6 out of 8 have feathering on there legs and or feet.
    Our rooster has feathering on his legs too. But only 4 chicks have 5 toes and one of those 4 has 5toes on one foot and 4 on the other.
    Our rooster has 4 toes.

    Any ideas? How old do silkys need to be to tell if they are hens or roosters??
     
  5. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Four more babys have hatched looks like 3 bantys and a silky right now. One more was just pecking his way out when I went out to put the chickens away at 8 tonight. We still have two Ameracauna Eggs and one more banty/silky egg to hatch.
    How soon can you tell if they are roosters or hens??? What do I watch for?

    Does anyone know how i post a image??
     
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are several breeds with 5 toes, Faverolles are one, Houdans are another. I can't remember the others but I remember going through Feathersite and reading about others. Contrats on your hatch.
     
  7. MyPerfectChicken

    MyPerfectChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sound cute!!! [​IMG]

    Yeah.. get a free photobucket account and put the pics u want to use on there, copy the IMG code and paste it on here.. if i'm not being clear enough just let me know [​IMG]

    Can't wait to see those pics!! [​IMG]
     

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