I got pictures!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Matt A NC, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I had 4 broodies due the past couple days. All 4 hatched yesterday. For my first broody hatch of the year I only used proven mommas. The Mommas are 2 bantam cochins, a standard cochin, and a standard Buff Orp. I already had them in seperate houses/boxes, so all I had to do was switch the food and water to containers safe for the chicks.

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    Here is Picture of a set of houses/nest boxes that has the bantam cochin mommas. The standards are in seperate houses, because they don't get along with each other.

    Today I cleaned the nests out and replaced the hay. Don't want the babies sleeping in nasty nests.

    Matt
     
  2. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG - SOOOO cute!! I LOVE Smudge. She is a gorgeous hen, and what a good momma!

    I'm so addicted to my chickens!
     
  3. Dotty

    Dotty Out Of The Brooder

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    What great pictures, they're so cute! I just love the one of Smudge and her babies.
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Yesterday, Smudge had her 8 out for about an hour, but I couldn't pull myself away to go get a camera.

    Today, I got the pics of Smudge during her first time out today around noon. Today it was 2 hours the first exploration and then another 2 hours later in the day. We were close to 80 today, so it was perfect for the babies to be out for short periods. I wish I had a picture of when Smudge was taking a dust bath in the garden. She had a nice deep hole dug and the babies were just standing around the edge watching. "Mom, hurry, we want to go back to the house."

    Smudge will let me handle her babies for short periods of time.

    Momma, the buff Orp, is grouchy and wouldn't let me get a pic of her 4 babies. She is a fierce and protective mother. Already flogged the dog and a freerange rooster. Those babies are SAFE.

    My bantam cochins are super friendly and just watched as I handled their babies. I hand raised both bantam mommas 2 years ago, so they trust me. They did start clucking a little louder, but didn't fuss as long as I kept the babies in site.

    Matt
     
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    sweet pix!
     
  6. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very nice [​IMG]
    what color will that cochin feather out to be???
    We just got one but ours is all black.
     
  7. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:In Blues_Chicks2.jpg the one just coming from under it's momma will be Blue

    The one in Blues_Chicks3.jpg should be dark blue or black.

    Blues_Chicks5.jpg should be black.

    the cochin in from of Pigie(white momma) in Pigies_Chicks2.jpg will be black.

    Matt
     

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