More baby chicks

I sure have lots of broody hens this year.  We just had another small hatch and I’m convinced “Elvis” is not spreading the love around and it’s time to add another rooster to the flock or two.  This hen was set with 11 eggs (not all hers) and she started hatching on Sunday and finished yesterday with only four little chicks.

Due to hatch on June 8th.  Set with 11 eggs.

Due to hatch on June 8th. Set with 11 eggs.

Yellow chick will be white when full grown.

Yellow chick peeping out from under mom will be white when full grown.

Four little ones make it out of the shells.

Four little ones make it out of the shells.

Yellow, black, dark brown, cream.  Truly Easter chicks!

Yellow, black, dark brown, cream. Truly Easter chicks!

 

This red hen is due to hatch on the 26th.

Little red hen; she's really not so little and lays beautiful brown eggs.

Little red hen; she’s really not so little and lays beautiful brown eggs.

These two ladies are wanting to set as well and I have to lift them off eggs that other hens are laying every day.  Wish I could find some good fertile eggs!!

White speckled hen

White speckled hen

Americana hen

Americana hen

I have noticed that none of my green eggs are hatching so it will be interesting to see what kind of egg layers these turn out to be.  I’ve set almost forty eggs this spring and only have eight chicks make it though 10 hatched.  I’m hoping red hen will do better!  Updates later.

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  1. I don’t raise chickens but I so enjoy seeing the baby chicks from those of you that do :)

  2. Your little red hen should be close to hatching now!
    Linda

    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

    • She didn’t fare well at all. She kept leaving the nest and nothing hatched but she’s still broody. I expect her to start sitting the nests again any day. I have three caged at the moment trying to break their thoughts of motherhood. I’ve one last hen to hatch and it’ll be in about 10-12 days, I think. I don’t have my calendar with me to check for sure. I’ve decided that next year we get another rooster and I’m bringing in some Black Giants and Buff Orpington’s. They’re great egg layers and aren’t the broody kind. I’ll order the chicks next spring or maybe in the next month. I hate doing it but it time to cull the flock!!

      • The bottom shown hen is the one to keep as in the e-mail.
        Cull all the others.
        Good luck with the winged caged “miscreants” – unnecessary broodiness or cluckiness – take your choice of words – they both mean the same.
        Summer here already can’t come quick enough – even after now 30 days of reasonable, until this week, weather. The August winds seem to be a bit early.
        Colin

  3. What a gem this blog is to find! I’m a wanna-be farm girl, and about two years away from reaching that dream! I’m looking forward to following your blog!

    • Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy. I’m in a place of time at the moment where I can’t find time to write but hope you follow by email alert. There’s nothing like living on a farm!! Something new and exciting every day.

  4. I think the expression should be “Houston ! We Have A Problem”.
    “Elvis” has gone past his “used by date”.
    The hen brigade might also have done so, as they seem to be more interested in broodiness than supplying eggs!
    Why do you need a rooster? You can buy day old chicks from a reputable hatchery of pure breeds, and get pullet chickens. Just keep one of your best mother broody hens. The job will be done with no problems!
    Two broody sessions a year by the hen and you should have 24 well bred pullets – laying within 7 months (some say more time – that is rubbish!)
    Isa Browns, a French hybrid breed, are excellent laying machines.
    And I know this breed is available in the USA. They are kept in those battery cages (disgusting) or in barns for egg production. I believe that chooks should be free range – the yoke of the eggs tells the story – bright yellow and firm.
    I, when in PNG, went into this business (besides teaching) and supplied eggs galore to the Australians based in my areas.
    I used Rhode Island Red hens, the White leghorns were not adaptable to the tropics. It took 2 days for the day old chicks to arrive from Brisbane.
    I had one “Mummy Kanaka/Native hen” – ie: a native hen of questionable breeding. This little hen, similar to your Americana hen as shown (last photo), was the best investment I ever made from the local villagers.
    It took 2 days for the day old chicks (pullets) to arrive in my PNG district, Finschhafen, Morobe, – the hatchery outside Brisbane, then by plane to Port Moresby, another plane to Lae, then a plane to Finschhafen.
    I think of the hundred or so chicks that endured this trip in the tropics only one or two died! The plane arrived at Finschhafen from Lae mid afternoon. The box of chickens collected – the “Mummy Hen” (yep that was her name!) was in a box inside my “donga” (house) awaiting the arrivals with my dog and cat in attendance! I would have finished school for the day – the chickens in daylight were stuffed under the hen. Mutual affection took place – water available. Next morning outside! End of all problems – the mother hen was then responsible and she never failed!
    Aaaah – funny days in the days of the Colonials in PNG and the tropics, but still FRESH eggs were a delight. Cost for 1 dozen eggs – 50 cents – well I did have to cover the cost of the laying pellets!
    I also to keep “Mummy Hen” occupied – get a yearly batch of rooster chickens ( R.I. Reds) and when they were old enough I gave to the villagers to upgrade their chooks. This was much appreciated by the villagers, but I think the roosters never got to do what was the intention. They ended up as food!
    Cheers – sorry about the all episode, but I am garrulous!!! ( ha ha).
    Now would you like my intended pig industry in PNG.
    Yep- I did actually teach, but a day has 24 hours – why waste.
    No TV and only 12 hours of radio in those days and the list goes on!
    Funny and great days in the “Land of the Fuzzy Wuzzies”, but we all did our best.
    Colin
    PS: Another lovely day here – but PLEASE now some rain!

  5. Love baby chicks!!! We are full here but the kids keep begging me to let some hatch.

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