I was given 2 game hens(Matilda and Hattie) and a rooster (Cogburn) a couple months ago. 2 fresh eggs a day, cool. Plus I get to watch and observe chicken interaction. Did I mention I love chickens? LOL
Now, Hattie (short for asshattery since she is a monster) was laying 2 eggs a day and Matilda one. About 3 weeks or so ago, Hattie stopped laying. I couldn't figure it out. She had dropped down to one egg a day for almost 2 weeks before this. Well today I found out why.
I went into the coop to get eggs and heard a cheep. I looked up to where Hattie has been roosting and see yellow. (It's a tiny tiny space and DH put hay up there when Hattie claimed it.) Well evidently Hattie out smarted me and laid 3 eggs up there! I have one hatched baby and 2 that are most likely within 24 to 48 hours of hatching.
At this point Hattie comes back in from a quick breakfast and proceeds to flog the snot out of me. I had a discussion with Hattie about manners. I lost the discussion. She is livid. She is still screeching and screaming and all ruffled out. She is back on the nest but it's to high up for the baby chick to get back into. I now have it in the house.
I know the chick has to be kept warm, and watered and fed. Anything special I should know about feeding? I put the regular layer food in a little bowl and a tiny bottle cap with water. I have the chick in my shirt, but am rigging a lamp for heat in the box.
I didn't sign on for baby chicks dang it. I rooted and rooted till I found where Matilda was hiding her eggs the first 2 weeks. I was observant and have been careful to make sure they have greens, feed, plenty of fresh water and a decent big huge coop. BUT I didn't want babies!!
The plan was to get a couple more laying hens early summerish.
Now I need to read on baby chicken care. *sigh* Let's hope they are all 3 hens! With my luck I'll have 3 cute little roosters running round in a week or so.