Eight hatched so far!

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

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    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.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2007
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i only have 1 rooster for my 12 hens.sounds like you are rooster poor lol.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 30, 2007
  3. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    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)
  4. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    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 Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    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 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    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 Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    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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