Miss Blue has 4 MF d'Uccles from this run of eggs. Blue is a Bantam Cochin hen. She is another of my proven mothers. The rest were under her. You can sort of see her nest behind her. She had come off to feed the little ones and herself. This one just happened to stick its head out for me to pick up. Only 4 managed to hatch from 3 dozen eggs and those were a full 2 days late. The temp in the RCom is WAY off. The digital read out was at 99.7 the whole time. Blue didn't get eggs till this past Saturday when I moved her to the broody house. She had gone broody a week or so before that. When I first put her in the Broody House she walked to the nest and went to work. After a bit of shuffling she settled down, looked at me, and started growling. She is so smart, she knows exactly what being given a private house means. Mom set her out of the house this evening to take a poop. Once Blue had relieved herself, she wanted right back in with the babies.
They are using a the new Broody house.The house is 2'x3'x2'tall( without legs). I need to paint it later and I haven't finished the roof. I will lap the tar-paper around the bottom and fix it to the roof. That works as a drip guard. That I can do one day while Blue has the babies out.
I will attach a ramp tomorrow so that she can bring them out for the first time for a little while.
Here is a picture of the broody house in progress from last Thursday.You can see that the plywood is recycled and there is a good size vent across the back.
Here is Pigie and her Babies. The little ones are 4 weeks old and doing well.The Blue Cream Light Brown Dutch Chick(Creamette) is a little Pullet. The whitish one is Paprika, she is a little mixed lady that was a mistake setting. She is Mom's and will be a permanent pet. The other Dutch is a Cream Light Brown and is also a Pullet. I think the d'Uccles are 2 boys and a girl, but not completely sure.
This is Tuffy, Gabbi, and Dora. Gabbi and Tuffy are a pair of Bantam Mottled Cochins and Miss Dora is a Cochin Mix. They are 4.5 months old. The cochins are shaping up really nice. Gabbi is very friendly, Tuffy wants to fight, and Dora is wild as a bat. I finally got Dora to take mealworms from my hand, but that is a good as it gets with her. I want to let them free range with the other freerange bantams, but Tuffy wants to fight the Dutch boys.
Thanks for reading,
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