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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by poupoule, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. poupoule

    poupoule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    I went down the coop to feed my chicken, when what a surprise, I can heard chipping! I looked in the box where my bantam has been sitting for almost 3 weeks now (I was expecting hatching time towards the end of the week), and there there is a tiny yellow ball, so cute!!! I am sooooo excited. [​IMG] They are my first babies. The bantam is sitting on 12 eggs and 1 just hatched!

    Now what should I do? In the coop, there is the rooster, 2 silkies and a young Australop (very big compared to the other hens). Mama bantam is (or was) the top hens. Should I separate a portion of the coop for her and her babies to protect them from the others? Or can they all stay together? I bought yesterday some chick starter. When do I need to give them some? Do you think they can drink from a rabbit drink bottle?

    I would appreciate any help as this is my first time ever with chicks. Thanks

    Poupoule

    PS I am in Australia so being cold is not a issue for them.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats!!!!!!!

    If she's top hen, I suspect the others won't bother her, I'd just watch real close. (I have no experience with a broody though)
     
  3. poupoule

    poupoule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just saw an other one! It looks just like its mum!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. BirdMom

    BirdMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's so exciting! I have not had a broody hatch any yet, hoping some of ours will next year, but we've hatched them in the incubator, and seeing each new one pop out, dry off, and seeing what it looks like is just sooo thrilling! Grown men visiting us during hatches have gone all googly over the teeny new chicks.

    Enjoy this amazing sight, and send pics if and when you can.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    G'Day and congrats!

    Good on ya!
     
  6. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    since she is the top hen, i don't think any would dare enough to disturb her and the babies. except the roo perhaps.

    congratulation. [​IMG]
     

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