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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady View Post
    The guy is more full of shit than that bucket up there
    I may be full of shit but I called this!


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A little '6' was written on each egg (for the 6th June) and the eggs should start hatching on the 24th, in 18 days time.
    On return from the school run this morning I checked our broody chickens.

    This looked promising...



    Oh... it's the 24th June today!



    Back in Biblical times I would probably have been regarded as some kind of prophet.

    I'm also predicting a 2-1 win for England on the 29th!

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    Its written in the shells.
    The most splendid cock Austin Powers England to rule the roost.

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    ^ On the piss again?

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    Hell no


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    ^ On the piss again?
    Again implies he stopped.

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    ^^ A glass of Andrews is better than that ridiculous, girly lemon cider you were drinking. You'd get laughed out the pub drinking that stuff down my way!


    After the hatch finished the two hens on the left side of the hutch have five chicks between them. Yesterday they came up off the remaining eggs so I put them underneath other the hens that were still sitting... just in case. When the hens come off the remaining eggs it usually means they know they are bad, but the big eggs from the red hens usually take a couple of days longer to hatch, so you have to be careful.

    I opened up the left side of the hutch today to allow them to take their chicks out into the big, wide world.



    The two hens on the right side of the hutch have two chicks each. This is perfect as so long as they all get a chick or two they will get a chance of motherhood and be happy. If one hen gets no chicks she will stay broody, which means another three weeks sitting on a new clutch of eggs. Can you imagine a female Thai being able to do nothing but lie down for that long?



    And the mighty Fray Bentos saves the day again.



    I checked on Blackie alone in her penthouse suite and she still had no chicks this morning, and no signs of any eggs hatching. I went back to the other hens and found that two big eggs were starting to hatch. You shouldn't really play God but I stuck these under Blackie... besides, the other hens already had chicks.



    An hour later after the dog walks and breakfast I went back to check up on things...

    These two had brought their five chicks outside.



    And Blackie has her first... success!


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    Wonderful, I presume you have your daughter helping (and learning) with all this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Respect Mendip but it looks like a lot of work for some eggs.

    This was KGBGF's coup in the background. I had the job of dragging it a few metres once a week so that the shitty area was relocated regularly and no cleanup was required as 1 week of shit is just grass fertiliser.

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    She used to get several eggs a day from 6 chickens. The silkies eggs were small but the other 4 hens used to lay good sized eggs.

    3 month old kitten learning to hunt.

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    The silkies were scared of her but the top pecking order hen took no shit and used to chase the cat away from the other hens.

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    Cocks, Snakes and P???y. Was all that was missing to make it the most viewed thread on TD. but you beat me to it with them pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Wonderful, I presume you have your daughter helping (and learning) with all this?
    Yeah of course... she's supposed to be learning for her last science exams on Monday but the real thing beats the books hands down.


    I put two hatching eggs under Blackie early this morning, and whereas one chick hatched within an hour there was little progress for the second. There are two schools of thought... help them out or leave them be. I've found too many chicks that have died at the last hurdle in the past so decided to give this one a helping hand.

    The egg shell was cracked but the chick seemed to be having trouble breaking the membrane inside the shell and it looked exactly the same status as a few hours previously. I think the tough membranes can be caused by humidity problems so I gently ripped open the membrane with a tooth pick. The chick started cheaping and seemed to get some new energy.



    And then I just chipped away a bit of shell to help out. You can see the chick's egg tooth on the end of it's beak. These are purely for breaking the shell and disappear a few days after hatching.



    I checked again an hour later and Blackie now has her two chicks! The second one was still bedraggled and only a few minutes old.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Blackie
    King Willy needs to take a look at this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    King Willy needs to take a look at this.
    Thanks for highlighting this egregious breach of PC standards. I shall be writing a PM to Mendip outlining my rage and cc the mod team.

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    ^ No need. Blackie is cool with everything.

    Thank God it wasn't her sister 'Darkie' who had the chicks.

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    I checked on Blackie this morning and had a big surprise... she now has five chicks!

    I needn't have given her the two hatching eggs from another hen after all, for some reason her eggs hatched a day later than the others.

    She's still sitting on two eggs which I think are probably bad but I'll leave for another day just in case.



    And there's something that hadn't really registered with me earlier... one of the broody hens and now a young mother is a red, egg laying Warren hen. In all the years I've kept chickens I've never before known one of these Warren hens to go broody... that instinct has been bred out of them as broody hens stop laying eggs. And you can't have that.

    She's being a great mum... I think that this is quite wonderful.



    One chick died in the night, probably smothered by it's mother but that still leaves us with 13 new additions to the flock.

    Over 60% of the eggs hatched which means that while Austin could do better, he's not doing a bad job with around 40 girls to service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    Over 60% of the eggs hatched which means that while Austin could do better, he's not doing a bad job with around 40 girls to service.

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    After five week all 13 chicks have survived. We only lost the one chick on the first night after hatching.

    All of the chicks roost up in the rafters with their mothers and all the other hens. They have been doing this since the first couple of weeks. I guess this is the safest place to sleep with so many snakes around.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I guess this is the safest place to sleep with so many snakes around.
    Snakes can climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Snakes can climb.
    They sure can. I've seen them climb over 10 ft cement walls.

    Oh, incidentally, not exactly work safe that title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spliff View Post
    Oh, incidentally, not exactly work safe that title.


    This thread was posted 2019 and you've just noticed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    King Willy needs to take a look at this.
    Not just me. We are all responsible for shaping a safe and inclusive environment free of prejudice or microaggressions.

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    Before I left home I had time to say good bye to my chickens... I haven't had much spare time to spend with them lately.

    These chicks are now around 2 months old... by the time I get back home the cockerels will have to go to new 'homes'. We'll keep the hens.



    I'm not sure what to call her now... but here's Non-whitie with her brood. All five of her chicks have survived.


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