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I'm SO Excited!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lovetopaint, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. lovetopaint

    lovetopaint Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my hens went broody, 24 days before my mail order chicks arrive!!
    My plan is to sit the hen on 'eggs' in the brooder in our basement and on the 21st day, under the cover of night, replace eggs with chicks.
    I can't wait till my babies get here!
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    What Kind of "eggs" will she be setting on----Unfertile, fake?

    Will Your hen---Like the Idea of setting on eggs in the brooder---in your basement?
     
  3. lovetopaint

    lovetopaint Chillin' With My Peeps

    They'll be unfertile unless I have a rooster I didn't know about!
    She'll be in her own private brooder with plenty of hay, etc. I'm going to build one out of plywood. (Don't worry, there will be plenty of ventilation. I'm thinking that the top and one side will be made primarily of hardware cloth.) The reason it'll be in my basement is because it's WAY too cold for chicks out there!!

    The backup plan, in case she rejects the chicks, will be a cardboard box with a heat lamp for them and back to the coop for her.
     
  4. lovetopaint

    lovetopaint Chillin' With My Peeps

    By the way, I'm ordering from Estes Hatchery. I'll be getting (all pullets) 3 red sex links, 3 polish, 3 Light Brown Leghorns, and 3 Easter Eggers. I'm so excited!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I share your excitement! There's nothing like the expectation of new chicks! I pre-ordered six from MyPetChicken for a May 11 hatch. I'm as excited as if they're coming tomorrow!

    Two years ago, I had pre-ordered 10 chicks from Privett Hatchery for a friend and myself, and three weeks before they were due to arrive, my serial broody went broody, and I slipped a couple of fertilized eggs under her.

    The day before the new chicks came, she hatched one Brahma chick. It was so cute to hear him chirping and that little head sticking out from under his broody!

    Well, I decided to see if she would take care of the hatchery chicks. When they came, I put them in the nest and she got hysterical, pecking at them in a rage. It scared me so much, I snatched up all the chicks, including hers, and took them all and put them in the brooder.

    I have no idea if that was normal, or if she would have gathered them under her, or if she was going to kill them. I reacted with pure instinct to protect them.

    Just wanted to give you an idea of what some broodys might do.
     

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