This is so exciting!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Pupsnpullets, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an elderly (7yrs) red hen, supposedly cuckoo marans x RIR, who looks like a RIR with white earlobes. She has a great disposition and is still regularly laying a large buff/light brown coloured egg. And always with her signature 2 or 3 extra calcium deposits at one end. Have never been able to hatch any of her eggs.

    I also have an older (5yrs) probably red sexlink rooster who I thought was a good looking, genial dud.

    When one of my young layers went clucky I threw half a dozen of the old red hen's eggs under her just because ... well, curiosity perhaps? Didn't need anymore babies cos I've still got the 9 I hatched out earlier this year and 6 of them are girls.

    Well, between an old hen, a dud rooster and an untried, inexperienced momma I have 3 beautiful little red babies this morning with the definate possibility of 2-3 more!!![​IMG][​IMG] One egg is pipping, another is making pipping sounds and the third is a mystery.

    Now I'm scrambling to create a safe home for them as I'm going out of town for 4 days!! Maybe I'll just scoop them all up and take them with. My loose calculations (made cos I didn't think for a minute any thing would come of this experiment) had them hatching on Monday when I'd be back in town. Oops!

    Any suggestions?

    Bewildered Barb
     
  2. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But wait ... there's more!!

    One more little red baby has made it into the world. The other 2 eggs aren't looking too hopeful, though.

    Barb
     
  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I'll be darned. Isn't mother nature amazing? Hope you were able to find a safe spot for them today.
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    That's so cool ... but we must see pictures!!
     
  5. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This turned out kinda crazy. Not expecting babies at all, I'd planned to leave town for 4 days (the babies weren't due til the Monday of my return anyway - or so I thought). I ended up throwing mom and 4 little survivors into a varikennel, loaded them onto the back of the pickup and took them into Newport Beach with me. So the little family chilled with me in the heart of the 'O.C' - as in the OC of the tv series.

    They also took a little side trip to a KinderCare where a friend of mine is a student teacher. All the kids had a blast playing with the chicks closely supervised by a couple of anxious mother hens - me and the feathered one!

    We are now all back home again and I'm going to see if I can get some pictures uploaded of my little gypsy family.

    Barb
     
  6. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You took them with you! That's awesome!

    I would have taken them with me, too. Without a doubt!
     

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