Broody-broody-chick-chick III

…told ya’ waiting is the hardest part! but as everything else in Nature is unpredictable, the baby chicks came early! They were due Friday evening into Saturday morning, but Thursday this happened!! 

I love fluffy butts and I cannot lie!! 😀

By Saturday, they were all out and about in the next box, exploring and eating, and quickly hide under their momma for safety!

On Sunday, she took them out of the nest box and on a new adventure through the coop. I placed a cat carrier down by the nest box so she doesn’t have to struggle with them trying to jump back up to the nest box.

Yet another journey starts with these three, to keep them safe and thriving. They will be handled daily and moved from the coop to our veggie garden, weather permitting. We have a covered chick run assembled for them in the veggie garden, to keep them safe from other chickens, the curious mouths of our dogs, and the claws of the flying “monkeys”. The cat carrier is a perfect little hideaway during the day and it helps me easily move them around from the coop to the yard without causing too much stress.

Meet Goldy, Rusty and Cleo(patra). I’m not perfect at choosing the right eggs, nor can I predict which eggs would hatch for sure, therefore only 3 came out, out of the 7 I set under the hen. I checked the other eggs on Saturday and they all made liquid noises (I shook them gently), which was an indication that nothing developed inside.

Fun fact: Easter Egger breed of chickens lay eggs with shells of different colors (ie. light shades of blue, green, pink, etc) and, most times than not, the baby chicks hatched have a contour of eyeliner around their eyes (like Cleopatra). We have a couple of chickens that lay light green eggs. The little brown chick is an EE.

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In case you were wondering whatever happened to the incubator project… 

The chicks we had out of the incubator thrived and I had such a fun time caring for them. I had a stuffed reindeer in their box and they would hide under it and sleep on it, in total warmth.

Fun fact: It is recommended for the first week to keep baby chicks on flat surface as their feet get stronger and they stop wobbling around ( I found paper towels to be the best as they absorb the poop and it’s easier to replace – some people use newspapers). Pine shavings are great to use after the first week.

In an environment without a momma hen, the baby chicks rely on you to provide feed and water. I start them on wet cornmeal flour and gradually add chicken feed from the store which provides them with basic nutrients. At about 3 weeks I switch the cornmeal flour to cracked corn and chicken feed. At this time I introduce dandelions and a dish with dirty (remember dust bathing? they learn to do it as early as this time! but out with the momma hen they actually learn it as early as a bit over a week old as they watch her do it 😉 ) By 4-5 weeks, when they go out in the coop, they start eating more of other things like wheat and sunflower seeds. A soon as they go outside during the day they learn, on their own, to pick at the ground and find bugs and pick at the fresh grass.

Mother Nature wins again! 

about 4.5 weeks old and outside for the first time!

about 4.5 weeks old and outside for the first time!

3 Thoughts on “Broody-broody-chick-chick III

  1. Rachell on May 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm said:

    aaaawwww they are so cute!! Congrats to you and momma hen. I saw she kept a close eye on you in the second video.

    Happy Mother’s Day too 😉

    • Thank you! I didn’t want to put my hand in there as she gets agitated and the chicks quickly hide. I had to “fish” them from under her to take the close-up pictures.

      Happy Mother’s Day to you too 🙂

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