Tuesday, April 28, 2009
White Crested Polish Is A MOM!
Thursday, I a little after lunchtime I walked past the big window in the dining area and because I have the blinds up my eyes tend to wander that way...after all..the sun has been out every day, and I like to get a good look at it every chance I get.
I am nearsighted...so what I saw escaped me at first. I saw a white crested polish hen walking through the goats pen area...and behind her some little things were following her. What are those?? Are they...oh my goodness! They are! SHELBY!!! COME LOOK AT THIS! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS! HURRY! I yelled across the house.
Nine baby chicks were following behind their mama. It was around 90 that day and too hot for the little chicks in the sun. Some were collapsing and panting. I asked Shelby to grab a carrier and we rounded up mom and the nine chicks. We took them in the house where mom could keep them warm, but not too warm.
Now came the task of looking for the nest. It didnt take long. In the goats house in the corner lay broken egg shells from the hatch and a few more eggs that may or may not be hatching. I took those eggs inside and candled them. Two were stinky no good eggs, so I carefully threw those away in the trash. Three had movement so I put them in the incubator to finish. Two others were already pipped and I helped them on out of the shell and put them with their mom after a day drying off and getting their footing. The other three eggs didnt make it. Seems mom knew what she was doing. The other two I put with her made it, but we had one I found dead last night in the carrier. I don't know what happened to it. Possible that it didnt catch on when mom was giving instructions on eating and drinking.
So, she has ten babies with her. What am I going to do with ten unplanned chicks? Hope that most of them are girls, thats what. Who is the father of these chicks? Possible that they are half cochin. Interesting combination anyway.
Mom has a better hatch ratio than I do, I can tell you that. My hatching has been slow lately. I had a whole row of eggs from Babe, my prized show bird. Buckbuck has not been hitting his mark apparently. :( None of them were fertile! Just have to keep trying and hope he does a better job. Last year we had no problems like this, I hatched plenty of cochins.
Here are my four babies...the older ones are now out on the porch...soon to be out in the yard. These are the youngest right now. I finally was able to hatch out a silver laced polish and it has developed a crooked beak. :( It can eat and drink fine, and is a very strong chick. So strong it has hopped right out of the aquarium they are in, and the box they were in before this. It won't be able to be a show bird though. It will live out its life here in my flock of pretties. It will still have a carefree and happy life. :)
From left to right:
My first Silver Spangled Hamburg chick from the trio Debbie gave me. The black chick, and the tan chick are the two chicks that came from Linda. She is a school teacher and one of her students, a little boy, wanted to see if I could hatch out three eggs for him. One was not fertile, the other two were. I don't have any idea what breed they are. They are cuties though. The last one is the silver laced polish chick I mentioned.
Sometimes I don't think things out too well, I am always jumping ahead of myself. When Linda dropped those three eggs off and I agreed to hatch them, I didnt really think things through. A lot of her students are hispanic. I have had dealings with hispanics and chickens before, you may remember Ricardo and his family. They don't know too much about hatching and raising chicks. I called Linda and talked to Jim, her husband. I explained to him that before I could hand over these two chicks I had to know they were going to be properly cared for. The boy needed to have certain things for the chicks to survive. They need a heat lamp, chick starter, a waterer and a feeder that is proper for the chicks. Not to mention a place to keep them, in a brooder of some sort. The boy is hispanic, and Jim said they don't really have the funds to get a heat lamp and a heat bulb. The chicks will not survive if they don't stay under heat for at least the first six weeks. I told Jim I just couldn't hand them over for them to just die. He said he understood and didn't blame me one bit. He said he would tell Linda. I said okay, and that until she told me otherwise, I would just hold on to them.
As you can see on my sidebar of chores I did finish the peafowls new pen. They seem a lot happier...for now. The days have been warm and sunny and I have been very busy outside after teaching school and doing the house chores. These are the days I have been waiting on as winter dragged on. So you will forgive me if my posts are less frequent, but know that all of you are on my mind and I am thinking about y'all. :) School is almost over, and it will be time for me to get on outside for the day. Everyone have a wonderful day today. :)