The 2013 Chicks are Growing

My chicken yard is growing in leaps and bounds this year.  I lost two old hens and decided to let the broody hens have their way.  The first lady to hatch is a bantam and I took her eggs away from her and replaced them with eggs from my larger hens.  I only put six eggs under her because she was so small and she hatched four of the six.

Miss Black Hen and her little ones

Miss Black Hen and her little ones

 

These little guys grew up fast and there was one hen and three roosters.  I don’t like this ratio!!  Notice the tall combs on the gray and the back red one.  My little hen is on the right of this group.DSCN4186
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The teens are now three months old and pretty much stay to themselves.  They’re usually the first out of the henhouse each morning and the last to go in.    I just wish they were all hens.

On the other hand, my little guys that are three weeks old, are also growing like weeds and the majority of them are hens.  There’s thirteen living out of eighteen and they are ferocious eaters when they free range with mom.  Look at the difference in three weeks.

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From little bitties to these youngsters.

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The little girls like to stay close to Mom at night and they gather under and around her in the nesting boxes.

The little girls like to stay close to Mom at night and they gather under and around her in the nesting boxes.

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Mom, it's time to go out!!

This Mom has eight and the other one has five. 

 

These little ladies should begin laying just about the time that my older hens shut down production during the winter.   Don’t you just love the different colors??

On another subject, I experimented with a the eggs I set with the last two hens.  I read a post on the National Poultry Blog that if you want to produce hens instead of roosters, you should make sure the eggs you set are more oval and not pointed.  From what I can tell now, it really works.  I don’t think I have but one or two roosters from the thirteen new babies.  That’s what’s called a great “ratio”!!  We’ll test it again next spring when my broody hens start up again.

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