G'day From Darwin Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mustard1, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Mustard1

    Mustard1 Hatching

    Mar 14, 2016
    G'day everyone, Thanks to all who have placed information on this site.

    I see that there is a fair bit of info on incubators, which is the way to go if you have a lot of chicks to hatch out but we have been using Bantum chooks to do the job.

    I haven't looked at everything on this site yet and I apologise if someone else has put this information on this site already.

    The reason we use Bantums is that the Sussex and Australorp chooks that we have don't always sit properly and get off the eggs to soon or long etc. So we use Bantums and that can be any sort of Bantum, silkies are probably the best but just about any will do the trick.

    The reason is that they are just the best mothers they will sit even if you have golf balls in the egg box, we use the golf ball method if we remove a bantum egg and replace it with a golf ball till we have enough Sussex, etc, eggs to put under her.

    We normally put 10 eggs under her at a time, although where we live it is always 30 to 35 deg C. or 86 to 95 deg F. so she doesn't need to cover the chicks to well to keep them warm. but in a cooler climate she will cover 6 chicks easily and keep them snug as a bug.

    The other good thing is that they teach the chicks all the good things to eat in the garden and make them aware of dangers. I have a great deal of hawks in my area so I is important that they come quickly to mum and hide under the bushes when she calls.

    We have even used a Bantum to rear 1 day old chicks that are not her own. We do this if we want a breed of chook EG an egg layers such as the Isa Brown chook and then we buy a few day olds at the feed store.

    It is important to stress to importance of the chicks being day olds we have done 3 day olds and have success with this but after 3 days she will bond with them but the bond of the chicks with mum is not very strong. I have seen mum calling at the chicks and the chicks just ignoring her.

    Just put the chicks under her at night and swap them over for the golf balls she was sitting on. And in the morning all will be well.

    Bantums can also hatch ducks ouy as my wife found out when she was a young lass . when the duck wouldn't sit on the eggs she put then under the bantum to hatch out, she did a great job although this was a bit cruel for mum because as soon as they saw the water bowl they began to have a swim much to mums frantic calling, poor mum thought that they were going to drown!

    I hope that my little bit of info adds to the wealth of this site.


  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011

    My bantams are broody crazy too. It doesn't seem to matter to them what time of year it is ether. The golf ball trick has worked wonders for me too.

    Good luck with your flock!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Broodies beat incubators any day. Nice to meet you - BYC has a large Aussie community, the more the merrier. You may want to check out "Australia, six states and one funny little Island." to find out what is going on around you.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Mustard and welcome to BYC. I too keep a broody hen to set eggs - the rest of my flock are non-broody.

    all the best
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

  8. Mustard1

    Mustard1 Hatching

    Mar 14, 2016
    Thanks for all the welcome messages, I appreciate that. Good to hear that I'm not the only ones that like the hard work of our little bantam broody buddies.


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