Got a surprise!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lynette, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Old English Game bantam has been laying on 8 eggs. I just thought she was being broody again, but I thought I heard peeping under her and sure enough, she hatched the eggs!! Since this is totally unexpected and my first time at having my own chicken have chicks, what do I do? Let her raise them? It looks like all but 1 egg has hatched. She is still trying to hatch it.
     
  2. HappyFarmLady

    HappyFarmLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THat is soo exciting!!!! Congrats!!
     
  3. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How Fun!!!!
     
  4. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let her raise them - she is probably more prepared to do so than you are. [​IMG] Hopefully those with more chick experience will pipe in with advice. Good luck!
     
  5. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    That's so cute have fun! [​IMG]
     
  6. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! We are excited about it. I was thinking I probably will let her raise them. I was just concerned because it is so late in the season and even though they are separated from other chickens, I am not sure how they will be brought into the flock. I will be posting a pic when I get more time. They are sooo adorable!![​IMG]
     
  7. Just let her do the mothering. All you have to make sure of is that you have food that can fit in their mouths (crumbles work well.) And a watersource they can reach. As for the rest of the high-matinence chicks require, the hen takes care of it! Broodiness is an amazing thing.
     
  8. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:super like [​IMG] that is sooo awesome!
     
  9. chickens are great 12

    chickens are great 12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] thats so exciting!! My one Mini Japanese Chicken sits on her eggs a lot. I think shes just broody, and we don't have any roosters so she can't have any chicks. it would be funny if I checked her and underneath her I found chicks!! Haha! [​IMG] good luck with the chicks! It is fun to have chicks! [​IMG]
     
  10. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely let her raise them. She'll do great job. Keep an eye on how they're hatching out. If any are unhatched in a few days, take them away so she'll get up and start mothering the chicks. Otherwise, she'll do the rest! Congrats! We hatched out 5 Japanese-Old English Game Bantams earlier this summer. I wrote about it on my blog (link below) if you want more tips.
     

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