Saturday, November 6, 2010

Baby chickens again

We have x4 new chicks which hatched out a couple of days ago. It's always hard to get a good photo as they don't stay still for long - that's if they are not under mummy hens wings!


3 are black/grey and one is yellow! These are from the dozen mixed breed fertile eggs I bought (since we no longer have a rooster). Unfortunately the 6 we put under one of the other broody hens did not hatch because the hen did not sit on them very well. The Indian Game hen in the picture ('Clucky') is a very good mother and has hatched out several chicks in the past. We maybe should have put all 12 under her to start with!

6 comments:

soggybottomflats said...

How fun! I have a hateful Bantam set of roosters and 2 little hens. One of the fat little black hens disappears for 2-4 days, reappears to eat and walk around in a daze and disappears again...lucky us, grand parents to bantams, eh? The sad thing is, the goof balls won't be penned, and roost in a tree at the edge of our yard. They do go into the pen with the hens and one big rooster but don't seem to be interested in co-habitating. I say it's sad because we are in fall here, and I am a bit leary of chicks in our winter weather coming up. Congrats on yours, Elaine

Laura @ Darroch Cottage said...

aw! Much cuteness. I love the black and grey ones. Our wee ducks are doing well too.

pilgrimscottage said...

I can't wait to have my own chickens! Your post is making me impatient :) Too bad about the 6 unhatched eggs. Some hens just seem to get it.
We are looking forward to having farm fresh eggs of our own.

veggiegobbler said...

Aaaw they're so cute!

Tanya said...

The Indian Game has lovely colouring. Craig is talking about getting some new babies again. I would prefer to give them to a broody hen but I think he secretly loves raising them and being mother hen himself!

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Yes they're wee cuties, but one mustn't forget they are destined for the dinner table! 4 will not be enough for our freezer so hopefully the IG hen will go broody again in a while and we can try again. Or perhaps try hatching them out in an incubator, dunno something about doing that just doesn't seem right to me but I guess it is more successful!