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  1. Yes he does have speckled black tail feathers. He is also enormous!
  2. Yes he and the yellow one also come and grab food from my hand pecking very hard. The Easter egger also comes out with the yellow one and grabs food off my massive hens. they all chest bump though it is usually the Easter egger starting it. the grey one is very gentle and gets a bit bullied by the other two. and they all have massive legs. i am forever hopeful though. i have s lady with a lovely set of smallholdings who will take them all but I’d love one chick out the batch!
  3. I’m guessing I have three boys here but wanted others opinion. the yellow is a buff orp the grey is a Black copper marans the black is an Easter egger with cream legbar in there but not sure what else the buff Orpington feathered out much quicker than the other two but all have red combs and wattles but wanted to know what you thought. 4 weeks old photos 1-3 Easter egger (black) photos 4-5 buff orp remaining photos grey marans thanks x
  4. To me, there looks to be some Welsummer in there with the eye stripes and the two darker chipmunk stripes down her back. I'm quite excited to see what she turns out to be. She eats like you wouldn't believe so I have no doubt she'll grow to be a big boy/girl. The lady wasn't at all interested when I suggested that a cockerel might have got in from another pen or that there was something not totally Buff about her (in fact she suggested that I had hatched out a welsummer egg that she had also sent me and got confused- whereas I assured her that I cracked that one open on day 14 and it was infertile). She was hatched out of a sandy coloured, one tone, smoth egg with BO written on it. However, I will share a picture of the chick when it grows and gets it's new feathers in on this forum and with the lady as she may be interested to see.
  5. I didn't know Buffs could have some dark patches as chicks. I haven't actually seen any pictures when I've googled Buffs as chicks, as any of them being anything but totally yellow (the lady also said all hers which she has hatched this week were pure yellow)- so that is interesting. Obv doesn't matter to us as we won't be showing them (just family pets). But thanks for the info and expanding my chicken knowledge! I'm still hoping that my specialist subject will appear in a pub quiz!
  6. The top chick is the 'pure bred' BCM. The next one is the 'pure bred' Buff Orp. And the black one at the bottom is my Easter Egger. Not too sure on names yet as my girls are deciding but we think the grey one will be Willow. the black one Polly and the yellow one 'Fluffy'! Of course if they are boys we will rethink!
  7. Well here are my three fluffy bundles of joy. the lady I bought the hatching eggs from told me her chickens were all in separate pens and the marans and buff Orpington would be pure breeds. the yellow one hatched from an egg marked Buff Orpington - but I think there is a welsummer cross in there. the Easter Egger (black one with dots) is a marans cockerel to a green Easter egger hen. the grey one was supposed to be a pure bred black copper marans but it is grey. I asked her about this having sent her photos of the chicks but she said her chickens couldn’t possibly have mixed up (though she has many breeds including welsummers). i don’t really care as I love them but I’m curious about the breed mixes- any ideas?
  8. In the end, I decided to candle the egg and saw no movement. No vibrations and no chirping. I very gently removed some of the shell where the air cell was and could see the chick wrapped in the membrane. No movement at all so gently removed a small piece and the chick sadly was dead. Cold (not very cold obv as the hen had still kept it a little warm). It was half way through day 22 and the abdomen still had a pea sized open space where the yolk had almost been absorbed but not quite. Incredibly sad. Really heartbreaking. Once I had removed the egg, the hen was up teaching her three chicks to eat which was lovely to see. She also left the nest for the first time in almost 2 days and did the most almight, sloppy poo that stank. I think she must have been relieved as well.
  9. Hi all, I am hatching out 4 eggs (that were originally 9, but 5 were infertile) under a brilliant, proven broody. Buff Orp, Easter Egger and 2 x BC Marans. Yesterday morning (24 hours ago) the Buff hatched, then 4 hours later the Easter Egger. A whole 24 hours after that, one Marans has hatched but on the last egg we do not have any pips. Around 12 hours ago I had heard chirping from the Marans that has just hatched and a tap, tap, tapping from the remaining unhatched one. I cannot hear any tapping or chirping from that one now. When I placed my finger on it, it was not as hot as it normally is, almost like our broody had left the nest or didn't have it against her skin so it had cooled down slightly (just not roasting hot, like she has been keeping them). She has not left the nest, but I feel she may do soon, to take the chicks that were born 24 hours ago to the food and drink station the other side of the nesting box (she's in a closed up Omlet Cube). I am reluctant to candle the egg incase I disturb the chick's positioning and I also know Marans shells are hard to get through but with the other Marans out and no pipping from this one at all- any ideas what I should do if anything? Thanks again, Annabel I also do not have an incubator as she has never failed.
  10. ha ha! I need a fluffy incubator of my own! I have one Buff Orpington in this hatch so fingers crossed, I'll have my own! Thank you though lol xxxx
  11. Gosh that is pretty disgusting. I wonder what goes through their heads esp as they are sitting on eggs that they intend to hatch? Yeah I was told the Campine was really rare to go broody and she was sooooo flighty that she was laying clutches in neighbours gardens, bushes, reeds by our pond - all over the place and it was that determination that made me decide to actually give her 3 eggs that she could become a mum with. Thanks again and I'll post my pictures if we end up successful!
  12. Thank you - I've seen a good bundle on here with Omlet and as we will be away for two days towards the end, I'll get the Auto Brinsea one I think. We hatched last time under a Campine and Cream Legbar (who joined in on fake eggs for the last 8 days) - both breeds unlikely to go broody. The Campine was so commited until they were born where she would attack one of the chicks and the Legbar ended up adopting both and was the best mum - bit of a tag team. Thanks for your advice x
  13. Hi everyone, It's been a while since I posted on here- hoping someone may be able to offer their thoughts. I would like to hatch out 6 eggs (homes lined up for 6 cockerels just in case)... I have ex-caged hens one of which surprised me by going broody at the beginning of the week, puffing out, growling, plucking out some of her feathers but after around 5 hours, she comes down and walks around eating and drinking, falling asleep in the sun for the rest of the day. If another chicken approaches her or my kids, she will again puff out making her broody noises but doesn't return to the egg box until her time to lay the next day. I also put some supermarket eggs out in the run for her in a secluded place- she observed them and then went about her day. Then yesterday morning, my leghorn started sitting on the eggs (unfertile at this stage), growling etc and again this morning. She lasts around 4-5 hours and then hangs out with the flock sunbathing. I know that these breeds are not supposed to go broody and that broodiness is contagious but I'm wondering if others have experienced this sort of behaviour to find that the broodys then become committed? I have some eggs arriving and have hatched out before successfully under broody hens but I think this is going to have to be an incubator scenario (which I need to purchase)? What do you think? tThanks for any thoughtsxx
  14. I too have never found any documented statements regarding this chicken laying (or phantom laying behaviour) online at least - after many hours of searching. It does feel that this is a deliberate and dare I say it 'thought out' act of fooling and it is great to see others coming forward with similar experiences. Esp what Beantree wrote. That is very clever. Yes I had noticed that when they finally got introduced properly that the younger, lower down ones had more to gain so really fought to not be stuck at the bottom. I do love chickens and their social lives!
  15. Mine is not with a cockerel, however her very bossy second in command often looks to rule the roost but a careful eye will see that it is the older hen that was top hen (when she was feisty and laying) and is still top hen now (though more of a silent top hen)- only pecking the bossy second in command very rarely (to which second in command will drop right down). Top hen gets best shouts on food etc. Recently introduced some new rescue ex-caged hens and as they did not know the pecking order, they mistook bossy second in command to be the top hen as she was sizing up to them, heckles out etc and only then did the real top hen start to become properly aggressive towards the second in command by pecking hard at her feet every time she tried to take on the new comers. I meant to say- the second in command acts a bit like a cockerel! That was the point!
  16. Have you experienced a hen continuing to use the nesting box? And what are your thoughts Cat tails on the possible reason?
  17. It is very interesting isn't it. I do think they may be pretending to keep their status as I'm guessing in the wild perhaps those that didn't raise chicks by producing fertile eggs may have been considered as little use and attacked? So it looks like it isn't necessarily the top hen but also those lower down - anyone not wanting to be found out as barren!
  18. Following on from a previous post where I explained that my top hen stopped laying (being old) and after a few days of realising her daily egg was not coming, decided to forever after take a trip to the nesting box and sit there for an adequate 'egg laying period' and then re-emerge... Beantree stated that her chicken (also old and a top hen did the same). So, is it possible that these hens try to hold onto the top spot when elderly, by pretending that they still lay to avoid cascading down the ranks? Has anyone else out there got a top hen that has resumed sittin in the nesting box day after day following first an absence of visits when her egg laying stopped? Be really interesting to see.....
  19. That is interesting Beantree- could well be a yolk release or the hormone. The thing which makes me suspicious is the wait of not laying (during which time she did not visit the nest box) and then almost as if she realised there were no eggs coming - she resumed sitting in the nesting box. How interesting also, that your top hen is doing similar. I wonder if there are any other top hens out there that have ceased laying, that now go about the phantom lay!
  20. Hi everyone, One of our ex caged hens who used to lay every single day without fail, stopped laying around 3 months ago. When she stopped laying, for a few days she just hung around the other chickens as normal. Then after 4 or 5 days she started taking trips up to the nesting box, sitting there for around 30 mins or so (her usual lay period) and then would return downstairs. This continued every day. Now, this hen is top of the pecking order but has a really brutish second in command who definately respects her (this ex-caged hen is treated like elephant matriarchs)... so I'm wondering- are these visits because after 2.5 years of daily laying the habbit is still there, or do you think it is to maintain her status?
  21. Thank you Beantree - I will keep a close eye on it and see if we need to sort it out.
  22. Thanks Cat tails - yes it is weird. I've never seen this sort of thing before on the face either but given how uniform they are on the legs it would make sense if they are spurs trimmed.
  23. We rescued some ex-caged hens yesterday afternoon and noticed one of them has these weird lumps on her face and both legs (at the exact same position)- they look like a emerging 5th toe. anyone seen anything like this?
  24. Yes you are right, they can’t fly. so I sent a photo and video to the breeder who believed the grey one is male and white one female. low and behold, the white one started crowing this morning. real shame as we now will return them to him (heart broken kids) for rehoming (and I assume two new ones) and I have a terrible feeling he won’t manage it and they’ll be killed. yesterday when we thought just the grey one was male, I was going to try and regime as a breeding pair but no chance of that now. I suppose they have lived longer than they would have done if the breeder had noticed sooner.

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