Monday, April 26, 2010

without a nest box.

This  easter egger hen hatched out 7 chicks sometime over the weekend. Because there were no nest boxes up in the chicken house (yet), she layed out somewhere near the creek, or under a building.  I'm glad she did, because this represents 7 less eggs to have to turn in the incubator.  Also it seems like chicks that are raised by a hen do a lot better, when it comes to survival.
Well chicken, on the other hand, is turning out to be a terrible mother.  She did fine hatching 14 babies, but is now down to 2 chicks.  The next time she goes broody we'll let her hatch and then steal her babies and take care of them in a brooder. 

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