Iris and her now 18 Chicks!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by lockedhearts, May 21, 2010.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
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    I had some chicks hatch the last couple of days, Iris successfully hatched 9 the 2 days prior, yesterday I took 5 of my chicks from the house and gave to Iris, she was not yet on the nest for the night, as soon as she saw me with the chicks she started clucking softly , she stared right at me when I set them one at a time down in front of her, I gently pushed them under her and she did great, that brought her to 14.
    This morning I decided to see if she would take 4 more, I have some smaller chicks in the brooder and figured they would do better without the larger ones in there.
    She did. mid morning I took 4 more out, stuck them under her, she squatted for a bit then went back to scratching with her 18 babies!

    Here are some pics from today:

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  2. FeatherMommy

    FeatherMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww what a good momma! So pretty too
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Wow that Iris is a beautiful mama....a good one too. Congrats to her and her large clutch. [​IMG]
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    How can one hen possibly breast feed all those chicks? That's crazy.
     
  5. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You guys are killing me tonight!
     
  6. Lolita

    Lolita Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Quote:Dude! That is SO Wrong [​IMG]



    But to answer your question, it's all about scheduling...... [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Iris is a peach! Oh, Karen, is the door to the tractor ajar? Seems like a chick could get out with no problem through the opening. Or is it just the picture?
     
  9. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Quote:It was just cause I was in there taking pics, they can't get out. Honestly if she a little larger I would stick the other 8 under her and let her raise them all. I don't think she can fluff herself large enough for 26 though [​IMG]
     
  10. lillypug

    lillypug Fleur De Lis Farm

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    That just makes me [​IMG] So sweet.
     

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