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        05-28-2013, 01:01 PM
      #561
    Green Broke
    [QUOTE=egrogan;2636793]...
    No one is pecking/attacking, but I'm just worried the poor little thing has had to fight so hard for food, water, and warmth, she's exhausted. I don't want to take her out and keep her on her own, as I think that will cause more problems down the line...

    I've separated the little ones before as it is very troublesome watching them fall behind the others. If you do decide to take her away temporarily for safety's sake, take a couple of the others with her (the bigger ones) that way when you reintergrate them she won't be alone and will have some protection from her temporary companions as they will recognize her as one of their own.

    Hope it works out for her.
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        05-28-2013, 01:24 PM
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    No one is pecking/attacking, but I'm just worried the poor little thing has had to fight so hard for food, water, and warmth, she's exhausted. I don't want to take her out and keep her on her own, as I think that will cause more problems down the line, but I'm really pulling hard for her to make it through the next few days and be big enough that things are easier for her.

    I would give them another feeding station. I'll put out a pie plate with maybe 1C of chick starter spread on the bottom. I've found that the little ones are more interested in eating when they stand in their dinner. Keep it close to the heat source for starters.
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        05-28-2013, 02:28 PM
      #563
    Yearling
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    I would give them another feeding station. I'll put out a pie plate with maybe 1C of chick starter spread on the bottom. I've found that the little ones are more interested in eating when they stand in their dinner. Keep it close to the heat source for starters.
    Left Hand, you are a genius. I have a bunch of those little tart-size plates, so I went out at lunch and put one of those in with the chicks. My little goldies immediately hopped right in and started chowing down

    Now, the Wynadottes have recently discovered that it's really fun to scratch for your food, so they also hopped in the plate and scratched all the food right out of it. I should have guessed they would do that. I filled up another plate and put it in a different area for them to play in, which freed up the plate under the heat for the little ones. Everyone seems thrilled!

    Here are the tiny ones in their new plate- sorry for the bad light, the heat lamp has a red bulb which makes taking pictures hard:


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        05-28-2013, 02:55 PM
      #564
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    By one week, most chicks do like to start scratching. I have found that the cardboard carrier of a 24 pack of soda is the perfect size but something more like 12x12 is probably all you need. Put some dirt in the bottom for them to play in. It will introduce some dirt and grit and give them hours of exploring.
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        05-28-2013, 04:55 PM
      #565
    Green Broke
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    Awww...poor thing. I will be interested to hear the updates on her and what you decide about finding her a flock that will take her in.
    She's doing fine, her skin is healing but still very red/raw. I out her with the baby guineas but she's easily 10x their size and although she didn't do anything, they are TERRIFIED and refuse to go under the heat lamp with her or eat/drink if she's near the feeders, so that was a no go.

    I can't put her with any chickens while she's still sore/oozy, so she has a box in the house (which now has a SECURE ventilated top) for at night and a square dog exercise pen that she goes in during the day. She's happy watching all the other chickens free-range around her unless she sees a person and then she flies out, RUNS for the person and cries to be picked up. So she spends a lot of time being carried around by a kiddo.

    The chickens her size are MEAN, they are starting to free-range a bit and attempted to take out full size chickens! They were very quickly run off, 3 half-grown chickens cannot successfully take on 17 fully grown ones. I am thinking that once Midnight is healed, I'll put her in with the fully grown chickens. I have tossed so many half-grown or fully-grow outsiders in and none have ever been harassed for more than a couple minutes and zero injuries, so obviously they are far nice chickens.

    I wonder if it's the breed of my three, 2 Black Minorcas and a Brown Leghorn. I've never had those breeds before... practically every other breed under the Sun but never those.
         
        05-28-2013, 07:03 PM
      #566
    Yearling
    Weird pic of the day...

    Yup, that's an egg inside an egg. I thought I had a whopper of a double-yolker on my hands. We all gathered around to ooh and ahhh at the glorious yolks I was about to slice through after hardboiling the beauty. But then the knife just wouldn't really go through the one yolk. Then it crunched on through. WTH? It wasn't a second yolk in there. It was a whole mini-egg in there, complete with speckled shell and everything. The mini-egg just barely had the makings of a yolk inside.
    This is why I only sell my eggs to people I know.
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        05-28-2013, 07:09 PM
      #567
    Yearling
    Wow- that is the strangest thing I've ever seen! Nature continues to amaze.
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        05-29-2013, 09:47 AM
      #568
    Green Broke
    LOL ... too cool. Their little factories mess it up sometimes, huh?
         
        05-29-2013, 06:10 PM
      #569
    Green Broke
    That is indeed strange. I don't make a habit of candling my eggs but I think I'm going to start now!!

    Did you eat the egg(s), by the way, freia?
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        06-02-2013, 02:42 PM
      #570
    Yearling
    Oh those crazy critters. I couldn't live without my zoo... they keep me smiling

    This is my Buff Cochin, Goldie Hawn, sharing a pot of leftover clam chowder with my 105 pound chocolate lab. I don't know who's stranger: the chicken who doesn't bat an eyelash at the massive predator inches from her head, or the bird-dog who just doesn't care about the bird eating his treat.

    Whenever we eat out on our deck, Goldie breaks free from the flock and comes and sits next to the dog and begs. If she gets ignored, she'll cluck 4 times and nudge one of us with her head.
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