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Found missing hen + 13 new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fowlafoot, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every spring my free range game hens go broody and disappear and there are always a few who don't ever come home but this one was lucky... I almost stepped on them before the hen attacked me [​IMG]

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    I also had peeping in one of the pens although it was hard to get a good pic with both Mom & Dad on guard duty

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    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    OMG chicks in clover, you're killing me with cuteness!!!!!!!

    OW OW MAKE IT STOP! [​IMG]
     
  3. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a wonderful surprise! Those little ones look so cute in that green grass with nothing but their little heads showing. Congrats! I'm glad momma and her peeps made it home safe.
     
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so, so, so cute!

    What amazes me is that chicks are so hardy when they're with momma hen. This morning mine were out in 65 F temps and were fine cuz they could hide under momma whenever they got cold.
     
  5. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
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    How adorable. Those are great!


    I have a hen doing the same. Sure hope she comes back too
     
  6. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
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    omg 13! Wow-How cool [​IMG]
     
  7. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well something, probably a young coyote, came in the yard and killed the mother and 3 chicks. Since it was after sunrise I'm assuming it got the chicks first and the mother rushed to their defence. It gave the Catahoula time to get over there and chase the predator off... the 9 remaining chicks were running around the yard like crazy going to any clucking hen (and we have a lot right now). Finally got them caught up and under a heat lamp but they are just huddling together... poor little orphans [​IMG]
     
  8. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    Sorry to hear about the hen and 3 little ones.
     
  9. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just going to post how cute that pic was and then saw the update. So sorry........[​IMG] :aww
     
  10. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a game hen for you... fight to the death to protect her chicks. I lost a good game hen the same way
     

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