Friday, April 16, 2010
Mother was very attentive to her chick, which again I had to help out of it's shell.
Sadly none of the other eggs hatched. We had put 11 freshly laid eggs under the hen after her first attempt at hatching resulted in complete failure. Upon opening a couple eggs after 48 hours later, I found fully formed dead chicks. I can only wonder at the cause. Did they suffocate in the shells? We had frequently checked them for sounds of peeping and tapping and heard none. Our hens eggs are very hard shelled and the lining is pretty tough and rubbery (that is except for the Grey Leghorn eggs which are just the opposite and sometimes just picking them up from the nest, fractures thier delicate shells). Why do I have such a high failure rate on setting hens?
The 21 day old chicks were doing well and being very well cared for by their mother.
Here is the one I had to help out of it's shell, I believe it is a Americana-Isa Brown cross.
And the last one I am unsure of.
All of the other hens gape at them through the fence, but poor old Snaggle Beak seems to be the most frequent visitor, she peeps at them and looks longingly at them and trys to get into their pen continuously.
We have also purchased more chicks, 7 Silver-Laced Wyendotts, 4 Barred Rocks and 4 Grey Leghorns.