Monday, 11 May 2015

Hatched chicks and adoptive mothers

chicks May 15 1

The eggs in the incubator produced a disappointing hatch rate. Of the 17, only 8 hatched and of these only 5 survived. We took them to the allotment and gave them to the mother hen who recently hatched 3 chicks. She immediately adopted them and the family are now living in the fruit cage. We initially put her with her first three chicks in the quail house but discovered she was eating the quail eggs and attacking the quails. The fruit cage is much bigger but she will be moved out of there in about a month so that she and her chicks can join the flock.

chicks May 15 4

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