Learned a Valuable Lesson This Week!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ellie, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I have a mama hen and chick. I feed the flock home made yogurt every morning (thanks, Miss Prissy). I mix it with warm brown rice during the fall and winter. I gave the mama and baby chick some.

    Now, Lacy (mom) takes it out of the spoon and then gives it to the baby chick. I decide to feed the baby myself out of the spoon. Well, the next morning, the baby has a large crop...... see, Lacy, the mom knows to break the rice into little pieces to give to the baby chick. She DOES know better!!


    Chicken mamas never cease to amaze me. Just thought I would share....
  2. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    what a great mama she is [​IMG]
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    They are amazing.

    I noticed my momma hens breaking up pieces of food and dropping them on the ground for the chicks.

    Maybe making some chick grit available wouldn't be a bad idea.
  4. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Gosh, I hadn't thought of chick grit since they are outside grazing.....

    Thanks very much, I will get some post haste. Can't have anything messing with my precious Rooster!!
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I just assumed they were inside. If they are outside you shouldn't need to give them girt but I don't think it will hurt.
  6. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Ah, yes, the picture would make one think they are inside... and they are most of the week. When I am off work, I let them free range.

    I appreciate the advice very much,

  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mama certainly does know best. I love a good broody! I'm just so happy you finally got your long-awaited Hawkeye grandson.
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Well, Cyn, there are just no words to express my gratitude. Here, just 9 months ago, I asked you for "emergency" eggs for my broody girl, Lacy. My rooster Roo Dude had just died (I so loved him).

    You sent them and 4 out of 6 hatched..... all hens, LOL. Most would be happy, but I wanted a rooster.

    We tried the second time and all 6 were scrambled by the post office and we got none... my dang post office plays basket ball with them [​IMG] then on the third time, 6 were sent and only one hatched (again, not your doing) my adorable Rooster from Dutch, Hawkeye's son and your Holly.

    It goes to show you what a terrific network, BYC is. A perfect stranger asks you for eggs, and you can send them. All I knew was that I wanted a rooster from your Hawkeye.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008
  9. that photo is great. [​IMG]
  10. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thank you. The chick was just hours old. Sorry for Lacy's comb... she usually is much prettier, but having been broody and sitting on the eggs for 22 days, some in above 100 degree weather, she did great.

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