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        03-08-2013, 04:16 PM
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    Foal
    first batch of chicks hatched

    I set about 22 or 23 eggs 3 weeks ago. I candled the eggs at day 7 and it looked like all eggs were growing. I candled again at day 10 and tossed out 2 or three that had blood rings. Then I candled again at day 18 and had to toss out a couple more that I could see were way behind the other eggs. So I knew they had stopped developing. That left me with 18 eggs that were due on the seventh. Well yesterday afternoon they started hatching and when I checked on this morning I had 18 chicks in the incubator. I have another batch that is due to hatch in about a week. I have 30 quail eggs due in about 1 week (raising them for meat) then 9 Sussex eggs in 2 weeks.

    I have them in a small animal cage. It makes a great brooder. I have a heat lamp with a 60watt bulb for heat. I need to raise it a couple inches as they are too hot directly under the bulb. In about a week they will be moved to a outside brooder with heat.

    Here is a couple pics.

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        03-11-2013, 03:35 PM
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    We have been hatching since January and due to the bitter weather we now have there are young birds in every nook and cranny!
    As I write there are two incubators hatching out, twenty goose eggs due next week.
    We have chicks in the tackroom, in the aisle of one of the barns in a big run, all under lights. Another batch of 40+ are in the kennels.
    Some will be sold off at an auction next week the rest we will have to find room for!
         
        03-11-2013, 04:01 PM
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    Green Broke
    Baby chicks! I so used to love seeing a dozen or so chicks w/their mom pecking in the yard.
         
        03-12-2013, 04:20 PM
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    Foal
    I only have 1 hen I let set and raise her own chicks and that is my little game hen. She was a stray that showed up here a couple years ago and was as wild as they came. She Is a very aggressive mother and will flog the day lights out of any thing that gets to close to her chicks. I know this from my own personal experience. I tried to look under her ONCE why she was setting. She came off that nest like a swarm of angry yellow jackets. She promptly flogged me from head to toe. She was so fast I could not tell where she was coming from.
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        03-12-2013, 04:39 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Debbiesgypsy    
    I only have 1 hen I let set and raise her own chicks and that is my little game hen. She was a stray that showed up here a couple years ago and was as wild as they came. She Is a very aggressive mother and will flog the day lights out of any thing that gets to close to her chicks. I know this from my own personal experience. I tried to look under her ONCE why she was setting. She came off that nest like a swarm of angry yellow jackets. She promptly flogged me from head to toe. She was so fast I could not tell where she was coming from.
    We need a photo of thei feisty hen. I love her already!!
         
        03-12-2013, 05:46 PM
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    Foal
    This is her.

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        03-12-2013, 10:24 PM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
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    This is her.

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    She looks EXACTLY like one of my bantam hens! Ill try to get a pic of her lol :)
         
        03-13-2013, 01:29 PM
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    Foal
    Beautiful birds! Lol, makes me miss having them around. ;)
         
        06-06-2013, 12:02 PM
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    Weanling
    Uh oh! Prepare to be addicted to hatching chicks. Cute little fuzz butts though. I love hatching chicks. My hubby... no so much :)
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        06-07-2013, 02:59 PM
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    Green Broke
    That hen looks like the fiesty one I had years back-what a buzzsaw-I called her RoadRunner.
         

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