- Sep 5, 2011
My light sussex had eggs that exploded, worse thing was one of them exploded in her face!
Awwwhhhh - so cute! Love the pretty momma too!
Update / Photo: The wee Cochin/Delaware is doing well. The fuzzy seems to be able to motor around quickly and is becoming curious about the rest of the "chickeniverse", so I'm going to open the brooder today and see how it goes. The WL egg didn't make it, but at least I've got this!
We lost an egg today
I found the shell with about 1/3 of the fat end eaten off just outside the door of the broody house. There was a little yolk left in it. At 6 days it would have had something to see if it was fertile, wouldn't it?
The gooey bits were in the broody house just outside the nest but just inside the door. Hermione had been out for a few mealworms from a dish immediately outside the broody house.
The only thing I can think is that maybe the egg got cracked when she moved, so she ate it. She's never done it before, though!
But if there had been a predator...rat, crow, magpie, I would have heard something! Also it would have taken some time to eat it.
Have been watching all afternoon...Hermione seems quite happy and is looking after her eggies. One of the blue ones was poking out a little while ago and when I came back she had tucked it in nicely
Probably, that's what Smokey did until the babies were three weeks old. Then they all got up in the nestbox to sleep. By 4 weeks they were up on the roost with Smokey.Quote:
Thank you! Well, I opened the nest boxes back up and they came down into the main coop-- the fuzzy on its own, down the ramp. Many of the other gals aren't paying them much mind at the moment. One of the RIRs did take a couple of pecks and challenged momma... a BIG chicken fight ensued... and the RIR got her bum kicked (no injuries). Funny, as one of the WLs decided to give the RIR a bit of a shove afterward as well. I hope this is the last of it, though many are still outside taking dirt baths in the sun and haven't come in. Momma is significantly bigger than the others, so that's probably good! Baby can hide under the ramp if necessary, and there are mini feed/waterers.
Question: Momma usually sleeps perched, though. Will she stay on the floor with baby?