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What a fierce hen!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dipsy Doodle Doo, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Hi!
    One of my brown EE hens 'broke camp' from the mutt pen and made a nest out at the edge of the woods under a tarp next to the woodpile.


    I moved her and her 16 eggs to a rabbit hutch last week for their safety.
    I had candled the eggs earlier and *predicted* they'd hatch this week (comparing the development to eggs I'd set.
    Dang, I'm good [​IMG]
    They are right on time (by my candling). Got 4 black chicks so far that are most likely EE x Araucana (since this was an 'unplanned mating', the chicks may have multiple fathers.
    Pics coming soon!
  2. Ilikechickens!

    Ilikechickens! Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] How many??? [​IMG] [​IMG] R EEs good brooders??? [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Oh my gosh! What a sneaky little girl! Can't wait for those pics!!

  4. Wouldn't you know it, all sixteen eggs have hatched!
    All smut black chicks!
    I guess I'll be building her and the chicks a run today. I really hate to let her raise the chicks tho, she's so flighty and that will make for more flighty birds.
  5. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    If she is flighty, you raise them. I can't believe ALL 16 hatched, that's great.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Mother Nature wins again. LOL I can't wait to see photos!
  7. CoopDelisle

    CoopDelisle Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Gulf Coast
    Just goes to show the power of maternal instinct...so very sweet![​IMG]
  8. living2ride

    living2ride Songster

    Feb 17, 2008
    Quote:Yes, and notice in that picture. There are some sitting pointed side up, the ones towards the bottom don't look like they could possibly be turned easily by mama, no hygrometer and yet, they ALL hatched. It's just amazing - love it!

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