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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:06am (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    * We currently have three chicks - one pale yellow with two brown chipmunk stripes, one with a brown back, and one who's featheres aren't fluffed up properly yet!

    * The three chicks have been moved to the brooder this morning

    *The cam is currently on the chicks in the brooder

    *There is an egg in the incubator pipping!
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:07am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    How come people said chicky # 4 hatched ? I 'm confuzzled now
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:08am (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They must have seen one of the older chick rolling about in an already-hatched shell, and thought it was a new chick hatching - easy mistake to make! :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:42am (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Chicke Pics!

    re-sized 2
    Chickie 1

    re-sized 1
    Chickie 1 again!

    re-sized 3
    Tired after exploring their brooder box!
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:44am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Aww look colour yay thankyou for the pics !!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:56am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Now this is a good thread. Go to the top of the Director's class that person.

    The colour snaps put such a different perspective on the viewing. Thank you so much and keep snapping.

    :winkkiss: :winkkiss: :winkkiss:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 9:00am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Is that a litter tray ??? Start 'em early - good idea according to my Mum.

    I remember my Mum sitting my week old baby at regular intervals on the potty. Glad when she went home....
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 9:01am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Thats the food I think ...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 9:04am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Do hope some one has told them.. Can see them having a little paddle/roll in that soon! Fun.

    They seem much more settled in the brooder than they were in the incubator with a those eggs to bash into.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 9:55am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I was scared when I first saw the cam - all 3 chicks were together but not moving and I thought something terrible had happened!

    Thanks for the pictures Red, it was great watching #3 hatch last night - I hope you've recovered Vicki! Is the brooder close to the 'bator? Just wondered if a new hatchling would be able to hear its older siblings. Is the one chick quite small compared to the others? It seems very bossy but unbelievably cute! Now they're all moving - they are just the sweetest things. This has been the best Easter ever!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:05am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    How is the other pipped egg doing Red?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:11am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hello Red's cousin(?) what's your name?
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:14am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Joe I think
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:16am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hello joe !!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:17am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hello Joe!! Nice to hear from you!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:23am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Where's CC?! The Chief Chicken should be present at the birth of these babies!!!
    • CommentAuthorJoe
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:29am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hello Vicki and kateb it is Joe:fingersear:
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:30am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Rawr sorry im random and crazy !
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:32am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hi Joe - have you introduced yourself on the other thread yet? Is it you that plays football?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:51am (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The chicks are really sweet, they run about and then all of a sudden they go limp and flop as they fall asleep...!

    They do actually look a bit dead when they're asleep - it's given us a few scares but they're ok, they just flop!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:52am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    It'd be nice to be able to do that - especially at work. Just to flop, have 40 winks, and back up and raring to go!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 1:49pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Number 4's arrived. Many thanks to Red, Neil, Joe, and Neil's mate for moving the camera so that we could watch it.
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 1:50pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    And # 5 is expected to come soon ....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 3:10pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Chickie 5 has begun zipping, it probably won't be more than a few hours now.
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 3:10pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Is chickie # 4 ok ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:06pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I dunno, turn my back for a second....
    I WANT SOME CHICKS!! They're beautiful...I wonder if I can force Livia to become broody? :)
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:08pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    You can do the opposite of all the stuff to discourage a broody. I think that leaving eggs in, and putting fake eggs in can encourage them, but it's not guaranteed.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:09pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    No, it wouldn't be fair; I've only had her a week, she's just getting used to life on our planet! :)
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:23pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    There's also breeds that go broody very easily. Every pure breed is better at going broody than the hybrids. I think silkies go into it very easily, and bantams as well. You'll never get many eggs out of a good broody, but she'll hatch a load.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:28pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I have a broody little bantam that is sitting on 7 duck eggs right now, because that's all she wants to do is hatch out eggs..so I'm giving her what she wants..she may be shocked when she finds out what strange looking little things she hatched out however.
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:37pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I'm sure she won't notice. Though with a bantam and ducks she may try mothering them long after they're bigger than her. Funny image.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:40pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Lynn, there was a story about a silkie who went broody so they put duck eggs under her. The silkie was a great mum, but when the ducklings were older and decided to go in the pond for the first time, the mother silkie panicked and thought they were drowning. She flung herself in the water in a desperate attempt to save them, and almost drowned herself!

    Her human friend fished her out and built a pen for the silkie and her babies away from the pond. They swam in a wash basin where the silkie could keep an eye on them, then when they were ready to leave their mum they were taken back to the pond with the other ducks :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 5:55pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    That's a great story Red, I hope Lynn's hen doesn't do that!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:01pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    How long will the chicks stay in the brooder? I love the speed they fall asleep - its like someone flicked a switch to turn them off!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:04pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The chicks will stay in their current brooder for about a week, then they'll move into a bigger one...we think we're putting them in a Winnie the Pooh paddling pool! :bigsmile: :cool:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:20pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Hee hee!! That'll be sweet!! Is it YOUR paddling pool Red?!!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:28pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    They are so big and healthy and busy busy busy
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:03pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nope not mine...I had a huge paddling pool i was planning to put them in, but it turns out my mum threw it away last summer *grumbles* So i'm borrowing my little cousin's and just hoping it'll actually fit in the study!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:09pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    What is the latest news on #4 & #5 please?

    Any chance of a peek at them?
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:11pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Ive not seen # 5 yet but I had a tiny glimpse of # 4 when it came out of the egg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:18pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Ollie, I can try moving the cam if you want...? Won't be able to stick it to the 'bator because of all the glare, but can hold it there for a while so you can see chickies 4 &5 for a bit...they're starting to fluff up and dry off now :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:32pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    That would be great Red, hope others are on line and don't miss out.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 7:41pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    they are hungry blighters arnt they
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:26pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    why is there no audio?:(
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:27pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    sound is OFF
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:33pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Did some one there say something out of turn?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:34pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Maybe they took a vote and didn't like the whole world listening to their domestic chitter chatter.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:34pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Nooooooooooooooooo I think red turns it on and off at times or it gets turned off and forgotten about
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:37pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I wouldn't like the whole world listening to my domestic chitter chatter. Especially as I live by myself.


    :confused:
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:39pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Hmmmmmmmm get a toy boy lodger then Ollie
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:01pm (Mar 26th 2008) edited
     
    the chicks look very cute when they are drinking water:grouphug:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:42pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I wouldn't want everyone listening to me either! It was lovely listening in today though and I'd like to say another big thank you for letting us be part of it.
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:44pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    me too thankyou for everything today
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:28am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    A new view and clear! Now, they're all fluffled and well rested.....So, I can't tell who is who anymore....Camera Hog, Cheepers, LIttle One and Silent Sam....I don't know who the addition(s) are....

    They are so cute!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 4:57am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Wazza, I've not heard that term " toy boy" since 1970. My aunt's English husband had a brother come visit them and he was 1 year younger than me. Uncle Christoper arranged a blind date for me with his little brother ( before I had met Stan ). We went out alot and I got teased about having a " toy boy ". So once upon a time I was a toy boy's boy toy " but in a nice sweet cute way .... nothing naughty . LOl.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 8:24am (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    New arrivals were moved into the brooder with the others this morning :cheer: I'm describing each chick again so you can maybe tell them apart on cam (although that will be hard with no colour!) and from any pics me or my dad post:

    Chickie 1 ~ The largest, already growing feathers on his/her wing tips. Dark brown feathers on back, light forehead. Loves to sleep in the food bowl!!

    Chickie 2 ~ Dark head down to his face, light yellow everywhere else apart from two light brown stripes down his/her back.

    Chickie 3 ~ Yellow all over with some light brown colouring on his/her back.

    Chickie 4 ~ Looks like s/he will be identical to chickie 2 when s/he's fully dry: light yellow, brown on forehead with chipmunk stripes on back! Has a slightly darker beak than Chickie 2.

    Chickie 5 ~ The little runt of the chicks! Smaller than the others, dark brown colouring on head & back. Also has a dark brown beak which the others love to peck at - poor little guy!
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 8:49am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    The brooder temp must be just right as they are very active and not chirping too loudly,
    I see what you mean when you say they look like their dead when they are sleeping
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 9:11am (Mar 27th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    re-sized chickie 1
    Pic of chickie 1 taken yesterday, in her/his favourite place :cool:
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      CommentAuthorVicki
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 9:12am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    aaawwwww is that # 1 ??
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 9:12am (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah :D
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 9:37am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Feathers at this age can be a good thing, depending on what breed if they already have primary feathers chances are they are female
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 11:29am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Thanks for the descriptions Red, doesn't help from a cam point of view, but its nice to know that you've logged which is which for future info!

    Are any other eggs pipping? I assume not as it hasn't been mentioned. How long do you wait to see if either of the others will hatch?

    One of the chicks keeps lying down and stretching its legs out backwards like its doing aerobics!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 11:38am (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I just saw the chick with stretched out legs - it made me do a double-take! I suppose after been cramped in an egg you'd want to stretch your legs out for a bit :)

    No pips on any of the other eggs... so it looks like 7 failures. I've told Scarlet if she wants to she could pip them and see if anything was developing, I hate the idea of finding something dead in there, but the thought of something still alive but exhausted from trying to get out is even worse!

    The sound was off last evening because it freaks Helen out a bit, the complete lack of privacy... So I apologise for that but hope you understand! (I was at my nephews house watching the pitiful England v France match or I might have put up more of a fight for the sound to stay on!) I turned it back on when we went to bed so you had sound through the night and today.

    That mic is VERY sensitive though so it's hard to relax with that thing in the next room ;)

    Scarlet... fresh kitchen roll please those chicks know how to make a mess!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 11:43am (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Too right - it helps with their growth too I'm sure! Its a hard call with the other eggs but I think you're right - it'd be like being buried alive if it couldn't get out through tiredness and it looks harder than human birth, for the baby at least!

    I don't blame Helen - if I video anything I won't speak as I don't want my voice to be heard. She's entitled to privacy in her own home!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 12:37pm (Mar 27th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry i was turning the dirt over in the big coop! Um...if i manually pipped the other eggs though, what the heck would i do??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 12:39pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    See if anything was wiggling inside?! Don't know - anything on the internet about it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 12:55pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can't find anything on the internet, but have posted on BYC so will see if anybody has any suggestions...
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 1:35pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    has the camera stopped working?
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 1:59pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    nevermind its back with the cute little chicks
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:24pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :D
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:29pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    OK, I'm revising my revision...I DID see chick # 4 hatch...
    and I can tell who 1-4 are according to Red's numbers:

    Chick 1 is who I dubbed "Camera Hog"---big from the start!
    Chick 2 is the one I saw as darker, that is Cheeper! Noisy that first night!
    Chick 3 was also yellow and sitting toward the back most of the time--that
    is Silent Sam!
    And Chick 4, whom I could tell looked like Cheeper in terms of the darker
    coloring that night....definitely Little One!!

    I guess Chick 5, whom I have to be introduced to and is smaller...needs a good ID name....MIDGET!!!!!

    I just heard Red's voice! HI, RED!!!~!!~
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:30pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Red, are you on the phone? Looking for a flashlight? I've got one handy...and a screwdriver, too!!! LOL!! Too bad I can't hand one over the cam!!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:32pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Poor thing? A tumor? Did I hear correctly?

    The chicks are all gathered round..and here is THE HAND taking out the dishes...
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:34pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    I think you put sawdust down....NO PECKING, you say? LOL!!! Food back in and the chicks are peeping. They are SO CUTE!!! The HAND is hanging over the side........What little darlings they are! ....They ARE silly, Red, as you say...but don't give them a "silly complex." They are so impressionable at this age!! LOL!!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:35pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Red, you sound like you have a cough/cold....
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:36pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Have to go walk the dogs now--they INSIST! Til Later....
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:38pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Quit poking those chicks, Red!!!!!!! Oh, you're trying to pick one up? Both hands are in the action....a little snuggle to one of them...irresistible, I can tell....MUST GO!! Take care of the cough....
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:39pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Oh, you've got one....did you put paper down? Couldn't tell...just dashed in again....Food dish down again....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:03pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Gloria! Fantastic commentary again :bigsmile: Yeah, i got little Midget out for a cuddle - i love all their screen names! Midget's a cutie...oh and yes i have a cold :P
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:04pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    the little chicks are attempting to eat the sawdust, so adorable:grouphug:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:06pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're goons the lot of 'em...adorable goond though :bigsmile:

    I'm trying to introduce them to sawdust slowly so they don't just eat it all when the kitchen roll is removed :-\
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:10pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    when are you planning to introduce the chicks to milly, tilly and penny?
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:12pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Back from the walk...you still there, Red?? Oh, you messing with the water and chick is standing on it as you raise it up! LOL!!!
    No school today or is your cold keeping you home?
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 3:14pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Quiet now...chicks milling about and pecking....Oh, Red is there in the background...footsteps....
    Off to eat my breakfast!!!
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:17pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    the chicks look so adorable, I wish I could hold them:( How many times do you have to change the kitchen towels??
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:18pm (Mar 27th 2008) edited
     
    The chicks seem to have learned how to peck one another now:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    As often as it gets dirty! Seems to average out once every few hours, sometimes the kitchen towel lasts a bit longer... :bigsmile:

    They're attracted to shiny things, or things that stand out. This includes eyes, wrist bands, toes, poops, wood shavings, pictures on the kitchen towels and press studs...basically anything and everything :wink:
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:23pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    They will peck each other. Chickens are social creatures after all and have their pecking order.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:23pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    do chicks at their age establish a pecking order now?
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:25pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    I guess so. They can't all eat from the feeder at once (especially if someone's sleeping in it), so they will peck each other.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:33pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    the chicks look so cute when they attempt to strach their faces and then fall down and fall to sleep in the process:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:34pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    At this age the chicks peck mostly for curiosity, or playing a game...there's no aggression in their pecking, they'll 'playfight' and run up and bump chests with each other, but won't establish an official pecking order until they're a few weeks older yet.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:36pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    when will they attempt to fly?
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:47pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    :fingersear:Red, Could you candle the remaining eggs to see if there is anything solid inside , maybe. ? I do not know about chicken eggs... but snake eggs are pipprd by making a small incision and then gradually increasing it. That might not be possible since chicken eggs are hard shelled. If the eggs are not fertilized or not going to hatch or the chicks are dead inside... then they will soon stink or explode from the heat.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 5:57pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Wow! Here's "The Hand" again. It makes me jump coming over the camera lens like that.

    :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 6:42pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We manually pipped the remaining eggs a few minutes ago:

    * Four infertile eggs (including the one we threw out a few weeks ago)
    * Two with fully formed chicks that just didn't make it (both dead when we pipped egg). One hadn't absorbed the yolk, and the other just didn't pierce the air cell :sad:
    * And two 'mushy' eggs that had obviously stopped developing early on
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 6:55pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Awww. All five are lined up in the # 5, like on the face of a dice piece. :D I forgotten about that technique of putting marbles in the water dish.

    Nice cam angle!

    How are the girls doing?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 8:20pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Sorry to hear the others didn't make it.
    Glad you took the courage to find out.
    Commiserations...
    Will think of some appropriate words to say as you "dispose " of the remains.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 8:33pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    At least you got 5 strong healthy chicks and you know about the others now. Its just cuteness overload when we look at the cam now!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 8:39pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    What are the things that look like berries in the other dish?