Surprise Christmas chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nikkers390, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. nikkers390

    nikkers390 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We had a surprise hatch on Christmas Eve. I noticed a pullet claimed a nest box and became broody. I have no idea who the moms are. I really never expected a hatch since the broody is a nine month old Black Copper Marans pullet. She sat tight on the eggs and tolerated no interference from the other chickens or rooster. I am certain that Calico is the dad. He is a Splash OE. All the chicks are various shades of blue.
    She successfully hatched 9 of 10 eggs and the one that did not hatch was fully formed but never made it out of the shell.
    This is one awesome mom! she defends her babies from everything including me. She calls them to food and water and hides them under her wings.
    I have her and the babies separated from the flock.
    I would say that We are lucky to have a hen that does it all: lays, broods and is also a super mom.
    Wonderful Christmas gift!!!

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  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
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    Super great little gal there.

    Watching for pics of course [​IMG]
  3. MrsJoJo

    MrsJoJo Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2014
    Small town, Maine
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  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    What a wonderful Christmas gift! I agree, pictures please!
  5. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Congrats!!! Hoping to see pictures soon! :)

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