First broodie of the year set today

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First broodie of the year set today

Post by Farrier1987 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:45 pm

Peachy wouldn't get off the nest yesterday. So today I picked out 9 eggs and built her a nest in the little broodie cage I have, water and food in it, and moved her in. No squawking or fighting when I moved her, just sort of spaced out and cussing at me under her breath. Hope they are fertile. When I crack them into the pan, probably 80 % of them are, so we shall see. I don't candle or anything, just let nature do its thing. Works for me.

I will update in a while, whether that she really wasn't ready and ate them or sticks her head through the bars and tell me I jumped the gun, or she sets for three weeks and we have some babies. I think she will be fine, she has set two broods a year for the last two years.
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Re: First broodie of the year set today

Post by Farrier1987 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:01 am

Set my second broodie today, Blackie Wackie is her name, 9 eggs, my own carefully selected strain of barnyard mutt. Peachy's won't arrive in time for Easter, so when we have the big family get together, I wont have any chicks to dye blue and green and red and things. (I would not, before I start getting hate mail.)

They don't do it any more that I know of, but remember when the stores would have dyed chicks to give away? So cute and fuzzy and little kids could take them home and watch them die. And I remember being at the zoo in Calgary around Easter, and them feeding buckets of dead dyed chicks to the animals. Not terribly enlightened.

But I expect zoo's and other homes of carnivores still get lots of chicks from the hatcheries after sexing. Terrible when you think of it on a big scale, but us hobbyists have the same problem with the boys, but deal with it differently.
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Re: First broodie of the year set today

Post by Penny » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:22 am

My girl Peach, screamed murder at me this morning from the nesting box....its that time of year!
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Re: First broodie of the year set today

Post by Ontario Chick » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:12 pm

Penny wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:22 am
My girl Peach, screamed murder at me this morning from the nesting box....its that time of year!
:lol:
the sounds coming out of nest box of my lovelies this morning was something between a cougar being a bit annoyed......and a bunch of hyenas having a disagreement ;)
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Re: First broodie of the year set today

Post by windwalkingwolf » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:10 am

I am actually O.K. with male chicks at hatcheries getting ground up alive. Despite the graphic description, death is actually as instantaneous as death can get, and the little boy corpses all mostly go to pet food to feed our dogs, that protect and keep our own chickens from being killed. It's literally the circle of life in action.
Congratulations on your broody bunch! Are you ready for some more, yet? :decision: :twisted:
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Re: First broodie of the year set today

Post by Killerbunny » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:38 am

I am doing my bit for boy babies. I am getting Male BRs from PP. They will have a happy life for 20ish weeks and I will get heritage chicken to eat after they are processed. I couldn't face getting meatie chicks!
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