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  1. Hello All, I currently have two broody pekins. I am going to hatch again this year. Do you think they will be able to bring up chicks together in the eglu or shall I separate them and put one in the ark? I would hate for them to fight or even worse kill each others chicks. Thanks James
  2. Hi everyone... My pekin bantam chicks are six weeks old and still with mum. I have two boys which are going to my breeders and one girl in which I am keeping. They are growing fast and I am going on holiday in two weeks time. Am I best to wait for mum to push them away or is it cruel to separate them before hand? I am looking to put mum back with the flock, send the boys to the breeders and bring a little girl home as a friend for the girl I am keeping. I will then be able to deal with intros when I get back. Only if I do this I need to set the wheels in motion this week so I know everything is ok before I go. My neighbour is looking after them and will do anything but I want to make things as easy as possible. Alternatively should I wait and do this all when I get back, by which time the chicks will be around nine weeks! Sorry to go on
  3. Hi everyone... My pekin bantam chicks are six weeks old and still with mum. I have two boys which are going to my breeders and one girl in which I am keeping. They are growing fast and I am going on holiday in two weeks time. Am I best to wait for mum to push them away or is it cruel to separate them before hand? I am looking to put mum back with the flock, send the boys to the breeders and bring a little girl home as a friend for the girl I am keeping. I will then be able to deal with intros when I get back. Only if I do this I need to set the wheels in motion this week so I know everything is ok before I go. My neighbour is looking after them and will do anything but I want to make things as easy as possible. Alternatively should I wait and do this all when I get back, by which time the chicks will be around nine weeks! Sorry to go on
  4. Thank you, the trouble I am having is that the prongs won't stay in the nostrals - they keep sliding down so the bit is coming out of her mouth. It is on tight and everytime I think I've done it "ping" off it pops! Where abouts in the nostral area should I aim for? top, middle or bottom?!
  5. OK... Ginger has been feather pulling her chest area for sometime now, I first thought she was having a little moult but it turns out she's a self plucker! I have tried all matter of sprays and creams but the last one, Nettex, has some kind or tar in it and has left her feathers clumped together and in a dreadful state. She seems to be getting balder by the day and looks more like an ex batt than the beautiful chook she was a few months ago. I have opted for bumper bits and I'm now struggling with the concept. She has had it on a couple of times but all she needs to do is scratch and it goes pinging accross the garden. I am obviously not putting it on properly but need to know what part clips in the nostrals? On the picture below is it the red or green ringed prongs that fit into the nostrals? Thanks guys - really need to get this sorted before she tries some kind of heniside and puts herself into the oven! she looks ready for it!
  6. Hi all, The chicks are a week old tomorrow and growing at an alarming rate! I have ended up with three chicks out of the five eggs from eBay, not bad for a first attempt! One even hatched in the car on my way to our place on the coast! Just a quick question, it is ok to be giving treats to their Mum Betsy as the chicks are all tucking in! Is there anything apart from the usuals that chicks inparticular should not have! They all have very healhy appetites and are learning so much from their mum Thanks guys JB
  7. All of the bedding put down for the chicks is being kicked away by mum. She has re-made her nest within it so the chicks are on the newspaper covering the floor. Will this be ok and not to slippy for them? I didn't realise how excited I would get at this whole process. Its mad! Everytime I have been to check on them a new chick has appeared! Thanks everyone JB
  8. Betsy has done it! so far I have two chicks and two more to go. Fingers crossed. I am in awe and trying to leave them alone to bond but they are just so damn cute! Besty is being such a great Mum, thoughout the whole broody stage she has been a model hen! Not once been bothered by me moving her about and not so much as peck at me. How long shall I give the other eggs before I take them away? Here is a pic of the chick 1 & 2. Enjoy.
  9. I am on day 15... AHHH I have embryos and a tight sitting broody so fingers are well and truely crossed. The eggs are pekin bantam and I have been reading conflicting reports on incubation times. Some say 18 days and others 21. Does anyone with experience know roughly which is more correct? Currently my broody is leaving the nest for 10 mins a day to eat/drink. Do you think I should put some food / water into the coop now ready for when they arrive or wait until they have arrived? Also I have a small chicken drinker. I have read about chicks drowning easily and wondered if for the first few weeks I should use this or just a shallow dish and marbles? Thanks for your help JB
  10. Thanks guys! Even though the shell is darker on one side I can still see the embryos moving about. I'm just leaving them now and letting nature take its course. Fingers crossed. Good luck to all you hatchers! JB x
  11. I have five eggs under a broody. I candled on day six and had 4 embryos and one I was not sure about so I have candled again today to see if there was any development. In the eggs that had embryos I could see the embryos moving about, however one side of the egg seemed dark. Does this sound right? We are on day eight and I am still not sure about the other one, so will leave it and see what happens! Cheers JB
  12. So we are on day 6, I was going to wait until day 7 to candle but the have done it tonight. I have four embryos and one I'm not sure about. I did put six under but when the broody Betsy's run door was open my other pekin who is new to laying went in to laid next to her. I had specifically moved her so this did not happen but I think Lola is missing her best friend and wanted some company as she is new to laying. Anyway, Besty ended up sitting on 7 eggs. So the next time she left the nest I put a cross on them so I could take out anymore if this was to happen again. The next day she kicked one of the eggs out the nest and it was left to get cold. I assumed this might be the infertile one, but on candleing I suspect not as I have one that looks totally clear. All in all I'm pretty pleased but know its still early days. I will make a consious effort not to disterb the eggs anymore now and wait for a couple more weeks and see what happens. All of my early anxiousness has subsided and I now feel rather excited. Looking forward to enjoying the weeks to come.
  13. Right, the eggs are under! I gently lifted her, put the 6 eggs in the nest and put her back on top. She did not move a muscle the whole time! This hatching business is giving me palpitations and its only really starts here! Has anyone got a further advice they feel I might need?! JB
  14. She is very placid, but I am going to do it tonight. I have read they are less likely to reject any new eggs at night, due to their placid state etc... I feel quite nervous about the whole thing!

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