Fluffy Squeaky Things

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Monday 03 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

We only had one hen ‘sit’ this year, but it was her first year and first attempt, and as is often the way, she wasn’t quite up to the job.

Her daily walkabouts were often too long and kept making her nest too wide, so not all the eggs were sufficiently ‘under’; plus she sat in mid summer, so the air temps were perhaps too high anyway. Needless to say, she only hatched 2 out of 13 eggs, then trod on one, and the other (Yellow Snow was its name) was gone within 72 hours.

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So with no chicks this year, and the rooster compound now down to just three (the rest being in the freezer or served to visiting guests), and the foxes being a bit cunning when we went away for a while and reduced the number of egg-layers by three, I decided to replenish stocks before we are chookless.

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These are sourced from a local farm, and get a dose of meds too before I picked them up, so at least these will be more likely to stay the course.

I have made up a crate with much smaller gauge wire netting on top to try and keep the wide-head lizards out too this time – remembering how they got in and ate a few chicks, and flayed others in the middle of the night two years back.

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Fingers crossed these 20 chicks all mature (15 would be fine once nature thins them out), and that we get at least half ‘girls’ to replace the hens needed for eggs (6-9 months time), and any ‘boys’ will go into the rooster compound to be fattened up over the next couple of years. 

UPDATE NOV 4:  Down to 16 now, but wing feathers appearing, so progressing towards the next stage.

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16 thoughts on “Fluffy Squeaky Things

  1. […] back in mid-December. The chook house and pen is now home to the not-so-little chicks I featured a while back – at least I got my greenhouse back as a […]

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  2. They are so adorable! Is the little chick the one that only made it for seventy hours? So cute but lonely too, right?

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  3. joannesisco says:

    The realities of farming. We see cute little fuzzy balls … you see future meals. I hope these little fuzz balls live a long and productive life!! 🙂

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  4. Artfully Sew says:

    I’m considering getting chicks in the spring to eventually add to my flock. My current 8 hens are still laying at age 3 & 4 but they are are tapering off.

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  5. Mia says:

    We raise chickens in our backyard.We currently have 150 plus hens that are mostly laying eggs. Although my husband is the one more hands-on on feeding and taking care of them, I know how frustrating it is to get chicks and at least a quarter of them die no matter how careful we were in keeping them warm and fed.

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  6. Reblogged this on thecheekyhousewife and commented:
    Fed the cats, made the bed, cleaned the bathrooms, and cooked breakfast. All before 6:45 AM.
    Monday, you just became my bitch.

    The Cheeky Housewife

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  7. AnnetteM says:

    Gosh you have to be tough to deal with those soft fluffy things dying on you. Hope the rest are OK – well until you eat them that is!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      That’s life. We lose chooks all the time to disease, foxes, old age, snakes, lizards, even badgers or Bonzo if they are too stupid to venture near his area… it’s just the way it is. They have a good life compared to many, and even those that are snatched go to feed another animal family.

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  8. Sue Slaght says:

    So cute the little fluff balls.

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  9. fredrieka says:

    favorite time little ones

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