The Holiday brood

Portia

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
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South Central PA
Here are some pictures of my broody with the chicks that she hatched out on Thanksgiving eve/Thanksgiving. Today I did the first real count when I moved the whole lot along with mama out of the nest box to give it some fresh straw & DE....so there are 6 and 4 more unhatched eggs that I'll leave there a few more days (I didn't put them all under her on the same day, so it is possible to get another chick or two).
Dad is a Salmon Favorelle and there from eggs of my SLW, BR, BA, SS and Welsummer...the sixth is a BA mix.







It'll be interesting to see how their coloring develops.
I have some 12 weekers from a SLW roo and the SLW x BA mix look exactly like BAs with a rose comb, the Welsummer x SLW mix has more SLW characteristics, and then there is a SLW x SLW pullet
Here's a couple pics of the 6 12-week old chicks...make that 13 weeks, its Friday!



 
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Maryallison77

Songster
11 Years
Jul 18, 2008
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Fountain, Florida
LOVE seeing the chicks with mama. Mine hatched Thanksgiving. This was my 1st time ever hatching eggs. Here is my chick and mama






I am sooooo proud! My pics are gonna be all over BYC!
 

Portia

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
919
25
149
South Central PA
oh my everyone, what cuties!!

Love those top knots on the silkies, they remind me of majorettes.
Mary, what kind of hen is that?
 

Portia

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
919
25
149
South Central PA
Mama Welsummer has moved her brood down to the floor of the coop beneath the nesting boxes so her kids can run around and everyone can eat. She's pretty weak, so I've been trying to give her plenty of selection to boost her nutrient intake. Here she is showing the kids some of the delicacies.



Then she noticed me looking at her and holding up that silver flashy thing


After awhile they all decided to take a nap. Notice the little feet sticking out beneath her breast




A handsome picture of the proud father
 

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