Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Chicks

This mama bantam hen has a whole dozen chicks. Eleven of them she hatched herself and one I gave to her from the other pens because it was running around in that pen and the mamas aren't done hatching in there. I didn't even know this hen had that many eggs under her!
These are the other two mamas setting in the pen with all the roosters. I am sure I will have to move them once they are done hatching. Right now they have two chicks under them. I saw them when the hens went to get water and food today.
And, unfortunately, we have one lone duckling again. A few days ago when I candled there were 3 still alive in the eggs in the incubator but this is the only one that hatched. He is a bit brownish so it will be interesting to see what color he/she turns out to be.


13 comments:

  1. Your post title might get you a few unwelcome visitors! :)

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    1. LOl, I didn't think about that.

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    2. Funny, I didn't think of that, but so true!

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  2. so cute!!! Love them babies!!! :)

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  3. Wow, a full dozen - that's wonderful! Your mama bantam is beautiful.
    -Jaime

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  4. She is a mille fleur d'uccle x Black Tailed White Japanese bantam. At one time when I was breeding birds these were a color project for me. I was going to make mille fleur Japanese but now they are just here. I may still keep them ones that are the color I like though. They do have a tendency to produce more roos than hens which isn't exactly desirable obviously.

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  5. This duckling can keep company with your older duckling.

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    1. Ha, No not really. The older duckling is half grown now. Pekins grow very fast. They are the meat birds of the duck world.

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  6. We raised bantams on the farm when I was a child...they are beautiful!

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  7. What fun! I agree with Mark, Funny title.

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  8. Love the colour of your lone duckling...as you said-it will be interesting to see what the final colour is!

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  9. Hi Becky,
    Oh my they are cute and so many, too!
    Love the ducky baby, just darling :)
    Carolyn

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