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Chicken Hatch Part 6

Chicken Hatch Part 6

We have moved our chicken family from the box in the garage to a coop outside.  This is a big move for them since it is a little cooler out there but they are handling it quite well.  I made this move because the chicks are now out of danger and Mama needed to get OUT!  She was back on her feet in a few days and was digging and scratching in the litter and making a bit of a mess!  I made them a little coop that is very secure at night and then placed this coop right in front of the entrance to the meat bird coop.  This gives them a protected yard or run in which to excercise!  It is such a pleasure to see the chicks out on grass, pecking, exploring and following Mama around!  They pretty much do whatever she does.  If she shows interest in something so do they!   At night they all go in the coop and the chicks go back under Mama to stay warm.  I check on them and close them up so they are safe!

Interested in gardening?

The Old Orchard Beach Community Garden has plots available!
The gardens are located at the far end of the parking lot at the Ballpark.
Plots are 10 x 10 and are $25 each
You must be an Old Orchard Beach resident.
The Town Clerk’s Office has plot maps, garden rules, and applications.
There will be a 2012 organizational meeting in March for
those who have signed up for a plot (date to be announced).
Think Spring!

 

Chicken Hatch Part 4

It's official!  All the remaining eggs are viable!  We re-candled to be sure!  In one week the chics will arrive!

Chicken Hatch Part 3

I was wrong about the eggs!  They are viable!  Yahoo!  Only thing is I had to crack one open to find out... and it had an embryo inside!  I felt terrible since basically I killed it.  I know that all the eggs looked the same so I'm going to press onward with the eggs she has under her and see what happens.  We've got about two weeks to go!

Chicken Hatch Part 2

Chicken Hatch Part 2

We candled our eggs over the weekend... but didn't really see what we had hoped to see.  They looked like they had something dark attached to one side of the egg but I couldn't see any blood vessles or embryos.  I will check again soon.  We're not giving up yet!

Chicken Hatch Part 1

Chicken Hatch Part 1

We acquired 6 fertile eggs from our neighbor!  We moved our broody into the garage in a nice warm box with straw and a heat lamp.  We hollowed out a nest for her and put the eggs into it.  Then we placed her on top of the eggs.  In about a minute she sat right down and seemed VERY happy!  We also placed food and water in the box so she can have easy access to that.  Ever since then she has been faithfully sitting on those eggs!   We're so excited!  It takes 21 days to incubate the eggs but we will know more in about 5 days when we candle the eggs.   That is we shine a light through the egg to see if it is developing.  More on that in the next post!