Sunday, September 30, 2012


Well I had a suspicion very early on that one of the eggs wasn't developing and sense there had been no sign of progress from the last remaining egg I cracked the end open to see if there was an internal pip (into the air cell, which is how they get their first breath) , instead I found an egg that might have developed a few days but had then stopped. So I buried it next to the chick that died and removed the nest box from the cage.

With the removal of the nestingbox from the cage mom and her one chick are getting use to a little more space so baby can learn how to stick around mom for warmth and to learn how to follow her. They have a chick waterer to drink from and chick food will be here this afternoon. But the lack of food really isn't a problem for new chicks, they absorb the yoke which can feed them for 2 or 3 days until all the eggs are hatched and mom is ready to lead them to food. So far they are doing well and in a few days I'll let them out of the cage, but leave them shut in the coop with the other two cochin hens so that they can get use to the other birds and even more space. Then after that when the chick is a little sturdier and they have gotten the sticking together down I'll open the door to the run and let them be. I've added some smaller size wire to part of the fence that has bigger holes so that the chick can't get out into the yard where mom can't reach it. So hopefully this little one is a pullet (female) or I'm going to be heart broken in a few weeks.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Baby and sad news

First off a happy healthy (hopefully female) baby, who is showing her 3/4 EE and so far none of her BA. Now the bad news, when I went out to check for babies I found two egg shells, one egg (still not pipped), and one chick. Now to those of you how did the math you realize the problem 2 egg shells doesn't equal  only one chick, so I freak out and start looking around and found behind the garbage can where I store feed another little chipmunk chick dead. I think it fell out of the nest and then was scared by the other two cochin hens or it just felt more secure back there and then got too cold and died. It's body showed no signs of injury and from what I could tell it's neck wasn't broken in the fall. So now he or she is buried behind Blue Eyes's grave.

But the other chick is healthy and happy and hopefully the other egg will hatch so it has company. But to prevent this from happening again they have been transferred to a nest, in a cage, on the floor.

Friday, September 28, 2012

2 Pips!

Here is a very bad picture taken less then an hour ago, as you can see the first pip has made progress and you can't see very well in this picture but the other egg I'm holding has pipped but so far no progress on the 3rd egg.

A Pip!

Just checked on the eggs and one is pipped (broken through the shell) and chirping! Mom isn't happy about me checking on them so I'll give her a few hours before I check again and maybe take some pictures.

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Babies

 This should have posted on Sunday and I thought it had until I checked today. So I've added an update at the bottom.

This starts with my suspicions the last couple days that my BA/EE hen had started hiding eggs from me and I had been debating looking them up for a few days to get her laying in the coop again. But yesterday I went to lock up and she wasn't in the coop, so I went looking around for her thinking she had gone broody some where and could not find her. In the middle of the night I had a thought of a place I hadn't checked and I knew they had dug some dust bathing holes and some times hung around.

So I go and check this morning a sure enough there she was with a nice nest where blended into the surrounding dirt pretty well (she is a black hen). I reach under her and she freaks and runs off to the coop screaming her head off, so I begin collecting eggs in my shirt and counting them. She had 15 eggs, all hers because she is my only green layer. So I go inside with the news of her eggs and after spending all summer asking to be aloud to let one of the hens hatch eggs (over the course of the summer all 5 hens have been broody at least once, two of them twice) and after seeing the dedication it was decided that I would be aloud to give 3 eggs to her and 3 eggs to my 2nd time this summer broody buff bantam cochin.

So I candle the eggs and no one is showing signs of growth yet (if any had they would have been set before the others). Go out to the coop and catch and then recatch the BA/EE and put her in the cochin's side of the coop where she gets into a fight with the white cochin. So I close the pop door leaving the black mottled and white cochin outside so she can have a chance to calm down and settle on to a nest.

But she hasn't calmed down yet so all six eggs are under the buff cochin (which is a tight squeeze) and if the BA/EE does calm down today/tonight I'll give her three of the eggs and in about 20-21 days we should have babies!

The bantam buff cochin:

The BA/EE hen, who is mom to all the eggs:
 and Dad to all the eggs, my EE rooster Red:

Now an update from today, the BA/EE hen never settled down and the buff cochin couldn't cover 6 eggs so 3 of the eggs where removed. Yesterday I candled and two appear to be developing but the other one one has me worried.