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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Cass

    Cass Songster

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    You've gotta see the guys JUMP on this one: I put a small cup (those tiny tupperware ones that I have no kids to use anymore) of food and one of water IN THE NEST BOX the last week. Mostly she ignores it, but I have seen her drink upon occation. But yes, Broody hens do lose a LOT of weight....my silkie is just skin and bones when hers finally hatch and she can just walk around and eat again. But she MUST be eating, based on the amount of poo that comes out when she does get off the nest each day to do so. She recovers just enough to do it again. I only give her eggs every other time she goes broody...partially for her health and a LOT so I am not hip deep in chicks. LOL

    I do think that when they decide to go broody they start their fast and if we choose to wait a couple of day or weeks (or months for this silkie) they start losing from the moment they decide to go broody and sit until the chicks hatch. For the hen's health we should give them eggs the minute we notice they are broody. For our own mental health, we aren't going to do that, are we?
     

  2. pharmchickrnmom

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    Bawk.
     
  3. ChickPrincess

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    When is our due date??? [​IMG]
    Same here this morning! Only one set of tracks, though I'm quite sure it was a raccoon. I heard the roos at around 4 am, shined the spotlight but saw nothing. Sure enough, when I went to let them out this morning there were tracks all around and going UNDER the coop (note to DH to block that up tomorrow). DH will get the traps out tomorrow, too. I blockaded pretty well for tonight.

    The cheeps missed their school lunches! First day back today and they feasted on BBQ turkey, baked beans and pears. They were some happy campers. I have 2 one-gallon buckets, and they are typically 75% full. I try to pull out the white bread. It has cut down somewhat on the feed I have to buy.
     
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

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    Same here but I did have Dominique who I hand fed while she was broody. Perhaps that's why her eggs hatched even though it was freezing out.

    Though now that I think of it I haven't seen the RIR hen off her nest and she has no eggs. I'll have to watch for her in the morning.
     
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  5. stonykill

    stonykill Crowing

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    no special treatment from me for my winter hatches either. My motto is that chickens survived thousands of years without human help and all that humans have done is weaken them as a species. So unless I see it absolutely necesary, like killing predators I really don't get involved much. Food, water, shelter. The basics.
     
  6. cracrzy4chicks

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    I don't think I'll be hand feeding [​IMG]
    Ok, I get the picture..................... " let nature takes it's course" Thanks [​IMG]
     
  7. cracrzy4chicks

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] My mental health starts to deteriorate the minute I put eggs in the bator or under the Momma [​IMG] [​IMG]


    ANTICIPATION..................................... I DON"T wait very well [​IMG]
     

  8. mderby48

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    I agree! I'm on day 4 of incubation on my second hatch ( the first was 100% unsuccessful) I'm going crazy!
     
  9. mderby48

    mderby48 Chirping

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    Out of 22 chicks I have managed to find a favorite!
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    This is Oppie, my black orp. I got from Rancher Hicks. My pretty sure he is a roo tho I could be wrong. :)
     
  10. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

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    I am much to busy to stress. Start a garden or do volunteer work if you have no job and you will be too. Oh and I have the Queen today too.
     

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