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by elmdene
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: introducing chickings
Replies: 17
Views: 3863

Re: introducing chickings

Yes I tried putting her in with them last night but when it got to my own bedtime I 'chickened out' and put her back in her broody coop! She was cowering under Boris the cockerel, who is actually quite good at giving the other girls a peck if they get too uppity with her! I think I will persevere, m...
by elmdene
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: introducing chickings
Replies: 17
Views: 3863

Re: introducing chickings

Thanks Rick. They are all pekins and she is quite big already so only marginally smaller than the other hens. She is accepted by her preferred family outside of the coop in the garden and hangs out quite uneventfully with them, but the girls just don't like her being in their bedroom! I hadn't thoug...
by elmdene
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: introducing chickings
Replies: 17
Views: 3863

Re: introducing chickings

I have just one lone pekin chick who is now 14 weeks old. I have 2 potential chicken families for her - one with a cockerel and 2 hens, the other with a cockerel and one hen. She already free ranges with the former group and sits outside their coop when they are shut in, but is quite scared of going...
by elmdene
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart
Replies: 17
Views: 3968

Re: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart

Thanks Marigold. I tried all that early on but she was exceptionally persistent! I even tried the iced water before I went on holiday, to no avail. She does go out free ranging every day from early morning until about 6pm. I have to actually lift her down and she makes a big fuss but once she's out ...
by elmdene
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart
Replies: 17
Views: 3968

Re: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart

I haven't left her in for that long yet! I have to admit I relent because she hates it so much. On the other hand her mother doesn't seem to mind it at all and once when I opened it to let her out, all the other chickens got in with her! My sin bin is a smallish dog crate so in places has gaps of ab...
by elmdene
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart
Replies: 17
Views: 3968

Re: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart

I think I'm going to have to sin bin Florence yet again - she still insists on sitting if I allow her access to the nesting box and it's been months now. But she goes mad and tries to squeeze through the smallest gaps in the cage. I worry she'll injure herself, poor little thing. But sadly I will ha...
by elmdene
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: How soon can chicks eat mixed corn and dust bathe?
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Re: How soon can chicks eat mixed corn and dust bathe?

Thanks for the advice. Yes I'm putting in a bit of chick grit (which I can buy locally) with the chick crumbs at the moment, but not entirely sure whether it's necessary yet, or whether the mother hen needs grit of her own if she's also eating chick crumb? I won't give them corn for a while - I'm in...
by elmdene
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: How soon can chicks eat mixed corn and dust bathe?
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

How soon can chicks eat mixed corn and dust bathe?

I'm never quite sure at what age you should feed chicks mixed corn, as a treat in conjunction with chick crumbs of course? It looks quite hard to digest to me but I'm sure the mother would love some and she will try to feed it to the chick (currently 4 days old). Also at what age should you put a du...
by elmdene
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart
Replies: 17
Views: 3968

Re: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart

Saffy is the most broody hen ever and I tried everything to stop her before I went away - shutting her out of the nesting box, then the sin bin (small dog cage), and as a very last resort, dipping her in a bucket of icy water which I hate doing, but nothing worked. As you say, having a broody hen wh...
by elmdene
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart
Replies: 17
Views: 3968

Re: Hen sitting on eggs several days apart

Yes I've done that now and all is well! The chick is eating and drinking and has had it's first poo! The most horrible thing was that I accidentally trod on one of the eggs and the little chick inside was so well developed and moving around - I was mortified. Thanks for the advice though - I feel te...

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