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glyn

another broody question

following on from my last post "candling advice" can any one tell me when to switch the broody's normal food to chick crumb ? and if i put in a chick drinker "presumably almost filling the drinking ring with marbles or stones to stop them drowning themselves" will this be ok or should i just leave the large drinker in and do the same re stopping them drowning themselves with this one, so the hen can show them ? many thanks in advance
Rena

Not being from your side of the world, I don't rightly know what is recommended from that angle.

For us, I never changed feed, the mama hen always made sure the food was the right size for the chick, and never worried about the water either as the chicks were always well watched, warned and cared for. We let Broodie's raise our chicks almost exclusively... They really do such a nice job of it.

Nothing like a great Mama hen! It is she that you need to evaluate and make sure is up to the task. If she is... (And usually they are) She's worth her weight in gold!
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Rena wrote:
Not being from your side of the world, I don't rightly know what is recommended from that angle.

For us, I never changed feed, the mama hen always made sure the food was the right size for the chick, and never worried about the water either as the chicks were always well watched, warned and cared for. We let Broodie's raise our chicks almost exclusively... They really do such a nice job of it.

Nothing like a great Mama hen! It is she that you need to evaluate and make sure is up to the task. If she is... (And usually they are) She's worth her weight in gold!

Much the same from me , just a wee bit common sense and all will be well.
bodger

The trick is to carry on feeding the broody as per normal but when the times right try to get the chicks to eat the crumbs without her snaffling the lot. Chicks will take crumbs readily from about two days old.
glyn

many thanks    i will take  a few pics and put up if all goes well around the 19th
glyn

fingers crossed ,last night the eggs "or at least most that i could see " had started chipping ive just lifted the lid on the coup for a wee look and took what looks like 4 shells out of the edge of the nest so hopefully ill see some results tomorrow or day after ! another question is would you put a decent handfull of shavings in the coup against the crate so that the chicks can get back in like a ramp and should i just put the feed outside in the run as for the broody ?or in the coup ? there is plenty room inside if needed



oh ignore the lable someone kept leaning against the coup and zapping his bits ! so the fence was lowered and a sign put on !!! not sure what happend with the 2nd pic it should have been resized to the same as the first  
bodger

As soon as the chicks are mobile, I'd remove the nest box so that mum and chicks are on the same level. Good luck with the hatch.
glyn

cheers for that bodger!so after 24hrs ish or should i wait for the chicks to start moving about the nest box ? its just the sides of the box are about 2" ish above the nesting material ! the chicks are under the broody and seem dried off but ive not moved her to check that ALL the eggs are hatched yet,maybe a job for the morning ? they started chipping yesterday afternoon/evening
glyn

looks like there are eight, 2 were underneath



3 eggs not started to chip yet ! how long should i leave them for before removing  ?
bodger

If a chick gets out from the plastic tray, it probably wont be able to get back to its mum and it'll die of cold.
Rena

I usually wait 3 days before removing unhatched eggs. Also, I'd just make sure the chicks cannot get out at least for those three days.
glyn

good advice as always ,thank you both ! changed the tray for a modified one and i feel more comfortable now ,i checked the eggs when i changed the tray this morning and 3 are dead in shells, i have removed them ,in all fairness were both chuffed as they are our first hatched and 8/12 is ok

now just need to wait and see what colours they are! anyone hazard a guess ? from 2 pens
pen 1: brassy back blue stag + lemon blue hen,black hen and self blue hen ( pretty obvious i think~)
pen 2: brassy back black stag + partridge hen and 2 furness

for some reason PB would not let me reduce them below 800x600 so here are a couple of links

i have put some chick crumbs and water INSIDE the coup and there is the same outside

http://i703.photobucket.com/album...bf91-8acd0552da16_zpswv8soo3a.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/album...cs/birds/P4210262_zpstfio6egy.jpg
Dave C

Yes 8 out of 12 is good mate  

I find this little colour genetics calculator quite helpful

www.breedbook.org/?action=geneticscalculator&tab=CHICKEN
glyn

update on the oegb chicks ,





broody is doing a cracking job so far
horace

 
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Great stuff.

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