Okay , Lets have a little fun and tell the truth about how much we spoil our chicky babies! Some of us create super mansions for them.... some make specially formulated feed right in their own kitchen.....some have raised their little Flufferbutts in their back bedrooms....we want to hear all of it.... please!!!!!
I'll start...... This little Guy has been named "Possum". It had such a tough time getting out of its shell, and I had to intervene. Its 3 other siblings came 1-2-3, right on schedule but this little one just took its own time and its shell membrane was drying out. It didnt have the strength to break through. So I opened the incu and gingerly picked away the membrane and shell until he popped out!
I was soooo afraid it wasnt going to make it! I popped the lid back on the incu and kept him warm for another 24 hours. When I came in from work I heard this LOUD Cheeping coming from the incu. I found "Possum" trying to stand up but was having wobbly legs!
I intro duced it to his hours older siblings and everything was just fine.... for a while! Then the Loud Cheeping came again! It was not happy! Sooooooooo..........
( I failed to mention that I would sing "You are my sunshine" every day while tending the incu for temp and humidity!) I grabbed a soft washcloth "Blankie" and me and "Possum" have a rock -a -bye Baby night night until he falls asleep! Me singing and it chirping and warbling!
Name: Howie Wa. Invest in those you love and trust
Well do tell. Yes I do grind a blend of my own feed that I use for the first month. And yes I have had to play Dr. to several of my seramas. My last one was really terrible, when I finally got it out of its shell, there was not a feather to be found and it was still folded up in a little ball as though it was still in the incubator... My wife told me two days later it was dying, it would not move and was just starting to get some fuzz. I told her I had to give it every chance. Today two months later it is doing fine but the drama is hard. I had one pet crevecoeur, I use to pack her around in the hood of my coat. She loved riding along, The day she laid her first egg she died in my arms. I think the egg did internal damage. I cried, yes I did. I have a special resting place for her that I visit periodically...Yes I'm a mess...Hay
Awwwww, Haystack..I can certainly empathize with you. I get so attached.
everyone tells me to let nature just take its course when it comes to chickens....well , I just have to tell them " Its in My nature"!!!
Come on Pork pal... I just know you have a story too!
Well there was "the little black one''. At Christmas I was sent 20 chicks and one - the only black one - seemed not to know how to eat. She would drink, and walk up to the food but then she would hold her head up as if waiting for the mother bird to feed her. So, of course, I did. At first I could get her to eat a mix of egg yolk and yogurt by wiping it on her beak. Then she learned to peck it out of a bottle cap held for her and I mixed in some chick starter too. Finally after two weeks or more, she began eating on her own. She was smaller than the others and looked more like a hawk than a chicken but "Little Hawk" grew up to be a normal Ameraucana pullet and, in typical Ameraucana fashion, is now mostly red.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Zone 11
Umm, not birth problems, but my two Cochins prefer to be hand fed. One enjoys black sesame seeds, while the other likes shredded mozzarella cheese, just a little. Kraft singles aren't acceptable, even chopped fine-- "Oh, ugh" I sure wish I could just pour out some feed from a bag! Sometimes they enjoy a little raw hamburger, but, again, hand fed. Cracked corn? That's to be walked on.
I was letting them wander a bit in the yard the other day. One of the wild hens was there with her four little biddies. The pencilled Cochin marched right up to the wild hen, five times her size, and grabbed her by the tail! The wild hen screamed like a little human, and ran away, dragging the Cochin for about ten feet. hahaha
Name: Rand Lowe Vista, CA Philosophy:common sense w/big words
I don't know if this is spoiling them or just looking out for their welfare, but I put in a misting system inside the hen house. It's connected to the timer for my irrigation so it comes on automatically for a couple of hours in the heat of the day. As soon as they hear it come on, they all go inside, so they must like it!
Awwww, that is so great! No spoiling there just a loving Chicken Parent!!!
I have to go out side and put the hose on shower head and spray down each House. I think that at the first of the Heat wave, the chickens were a little confused but now they love it, and it does cool things down!
I think My Mr.Peepers & soon to be new Hens will be Spooled to the Core with their New Condo and Play yard the house will have its own lil pantry on the back for food storage making it easy for feeding & watering . and the lil Condo will be wired for a heat light and a reg. light in it so when it gets cold they will be warm. and lets not for get the front porch swing for the hens to sit and chat just like the ladies are known to do .