Just bought a hen with chicks

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Just bought a hen with chicks

Post by el_cloughie » 21 Jun 2013, 10:19

Just settling in our new Welsummer with 10 Rhody chicks look like their nearly 2 weeks old, also got 2 Skyline POLs at the same time, picked all these up from the Lincolnshire Show. I'd never seen a mother hen in action before and it's fascinating watching how she manages her brood, amazing how the chicks kno exactly what to do for her different clucks. So far I've learned: "food here", "stay close" and "time to warm up".
I've raised chicks once from an incubator with great success (probably in part thanks to the advice from you guys), what I notice now though is thatour Welsummer is directing the chicks activity and she is a real scavenger, prefering to feed on the ground to using feeders, do you think I might have to be a bit active in making sure these chicks get the feed they need or trust to hunger to get them in the feeders? The run has a small hopper feeder and a tray with chick holes in the coup for chick crumb, the hens have a big hopper.
The othr thing that really suprises me is that our Welsummer is really accepting of the Skylines, they are definately the meekest chickens I've ever had, I wonder if this mother hen might have raised them a few months ago. I went to put the Skylines to bed last night and found them tucked up with mother hen in the brood coup. Daft things

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Re: Just bought a hen with chicks

Post by subruss » 21 Jun 2013, 11:06

your chicks will be fine with whatever mum tells them to eat they will get round to the other stuff eventually, some of my free range chicks have never even seen chick crumbs or growers they have just eaten little bits of whatever mum has and they develope just as quickly.

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Post by chuck1 » 21 Jun 2013, 21:38

They will be fine as subruss says. Glad you're picking up on the broody lingo - some people never do and it is fascinating.

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Post by el_cloughie » 22 Jun 2013, 22:51

And here they are
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Post by CP » 23 Jun 2013, 01:04

Gorgeous pics! :grin:
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Post by Miss Chooks » 24 Jun 2013, 16:53

The piccies make me want to have some hatchlings!! soooooo cute!

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Re: Just bought a hen with chicks

Post by el_cloughie » 24 Jun 2013, 17:11

I can't believe how relaxed she is about letting them have a good range. Was totally unexpected, previous chicks were all reared seperately until they got fully feathered up and big enough not to be able to get through the fence.
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