Steep learning curve but OMG

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Acekiwi, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Acekiwi

    Acekiwi Hatching

    Jan 15, 2015
    Wellington New Zealand
    Hi Just hatching my first chicks, total novice unless you count feeding my Nana's hens more years ago than I care to remember. Not having a great success rate, Mail order eggs I was told have a tougher start so expected to lose a number. My two survivors so far (still have 1 on the go pipped but with blood still showing on the inner membrane) both were wrong way around and pipped at the narrow end and made little progress. I left both for a number of hours as they were peeping away then started to assist having run out of things on the internet to read in preparation. Did both very slowly giving them opportunities to take over, both required me to do the heavy work but were able to kick free of the last remnants of the inner membrane. Poor wee mites perked up quickly and are now happily chirping away in the bathtub/ brooder. My poodlecross bijon attempted to join them in a fit of maternal longing and collapsed their roof, she is a very clucky girl who adopts soft toys that squeak and tends them assiduously, so I think there is a surrogate mum on standby when the chicks are ready to meet her. However my 4 cats will not be getting introduced anytime soon.

    Sorry so fixated on my chicks I forgot to introduce myself - I live in New Zealand (hence my Kiwi tag), I am a primary school teacher but have recently given up fulltime classroom work and now do home based tutoring for dyslexic children. So I have time to be a "mother hen" which is a fantastic change of pace in my life. My students will love seeing the chicks when the term starts again soon.

    My husband views the whole poultry thing with some reserve but just keeps repeating " its a hobby, hobbies are good" and he rather enjoyed putting the cute henhouse together, so there is hope that he will become a convert. My 3 girls (all adults and away flatting) have enthusiastically backed the project, one is keen to relocate a chick or two to her work place that provides respite care for severely disabled children. So I foresee another hatching in the near future once I have these three settled. Still not sure how I am going to handle any roosters, horrible feeling I will be emotionally attached, perhaps the neighbours will accept earplugs as a solution.

    Well hopefully that gives you some idea of who I am. My sincere thanks to everyone that has contributed to this knowledge base, it has been my bible over the last few nights and without the information here my two wee babes would probably have died as I would have never have had the courage to intervene without the rational discussions and info pages that helped me out.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens - seems like you already survived "the test of fire," so hopefully everything from this point on will be easier. I think the children will be helped having exposure to the cuties when they are old enough to mingle. You are such a nice person to tackle this. Hope you will update as things progress.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! It seems you have had a very steep learning curve already!! Even though hatching is a great experience it does also have its down sides which you have unfortunately experienced. I hope any future hatching brings you more succes.
    How lovely of you to do home based learning for children with dyslexia. My son has dyslexia and dyspraxia and finds written work at school very hard but I will give him his due he has tried very hard and is now making progress. He knows what he wants to write but sometimes he just can't get it down on paper. Thankfully he has had some great teachers.

    I hope your chicks bring a lot of joy to your students and the children your daughter works with. This is a thread that @Blooie started on raising chickens with special needs children, here is the link

    I hope you are able to chat with her about how chickens bring much joy to the children. Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
  5. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your chicks!

    Feel free to ask any questions that you have! We're all here to help.
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with your chicks!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on @Yorkshire coop
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!

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