She’s at it again!-Runaway hen hatches 15 chicks!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by CaramelKittey, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Crowing

    Feb 15, 2019
    New Jersey
    Here she goes again.... our chicken Raven. Our beautiful black sex link, has decided to have more kids.:rolleyes: Her first batch in November 2018 consisted of 17 eggs. 17 hatched. We lost 4 to the cold :hit. Out of those 13 survivors, we got 7 cockerels (who sold for a total of $77! :celebrate) and 6 hens. (who are laying eggs every day for us!) Her kids are 1/2 RIR and 1/2 Black Sex Link.
    Fast forward in time to Spring 2019, she decides to run away again. We searched everywhere and didn’t find her until a week before the hatch date. Her nest was in the same spot she used before. We candled an egg and there was a chick inside! :celebrate
    We counted them and were shocked when there were 15 eggs! They hatched on 6/29 and had a success rate of 14/15 survivors! It was a great day to hatch with lots of humidity and some hot weather. Unfortunately for chick #14 and #15 the humidity dropped quickly and the membrane shrink wrapped around them. #14 was almost hatched however, the membrane dried and it didn’t make it. :hit
    But.....#15 did! #15 had just pipped and we were able to carefully help him/her hatch. Now, it is 6/30 and all the chicks made it! We moved Mama and her babies to a safer spot where she would be protected from our cat, and other annoying predators that live in the woods. Now she is safe with food and water for her and the babies and YES, of COURSE I have PICTURES! :wee

    Our Rooster Gomez, Father of 28, and his 6 daughters. +our two Barred rocks who couldn't miss out on food.:idunno

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    Mama Raven and her babies.
    Our Millie Fleurs who aren’t too thrilled about their new neighbors.

    Hope you enjoy this story! Feel free to share your hatching stories too! I’d love to hear them!
  2. N F C

    N F C Moderator

    Dec 12, 2013
    Good story and what a boost to your flock size! :jumpy
  3. WhoDatChick

    WhoDatChick Crossing the Road

    Sep 6, 2018
    Nawlins, Louisiana
    Aaawww, that is SO sweet!! And they are adorable! I’m glad that yall found them and they are all healthy! Your flock is beautiful..
  4. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle I am Batman

    Nov 12, 2009
    That's cute. Gotta love hens that run away from home to have their babies.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    kinda like when "love birds" elope instead of having a big wedding.
  6. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    You didn't have to start a hatch a long thread and fiddle about with incubators then.:p:lau
    Great story. I've got one missing at the moment. I'm usually pretty good at working out where they are likely to be but this one (called Fray) I have taken eggs away from so many times she's obviously had enough.
  7. BY Bob

    BY Bob Proprietor, Fluffy Butt Acres

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hershey, PA
    This is so sweet. Like everyone else the thought of the hen secreting away and hatching the eggs naturally away from us meddling humans and then bringing them back, makes me feel good inside for some reason. My heart melts.

  8. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

    Nov 12, 2017
    Northwest New Jersey
    Awwww, warm fuzzies!:loveThat's a good and a determined mama.
    You were able to sell your cockerels? That is one reason I haven't wanted to hatch. I'm not into culling and I don't know who would want a rooster. Well, I do know that some want them for dinner. But they surely won't be paying $11 for one chicken dinner that they have to dispatch themselves. There are those that want them for fighting. :hit they don't tell you that. So how could I find a buyer for males?
  9. Lisa-Lu

    Lisa-Lu Songster

    Feb 14, 2019
    Southwest Virginia
    What a sweet fuzzy story!!! She is a beautiful bird, and so are her daughters. Now I want black sex links!!
  10. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Crossing the Road

    Dec 19, 2013
    Olathe Colorado
    What a wonderful story! And you have a beautiful flock! :love

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