Should you separate a broody hen from other hens and cockerels? This is a tricky one as there are arguments for and against. If you separate a broody hen from the rest of the flock you are safe guarding the safety of the hen and chicks when they hatch as they are not going to … Read more Should You Separate Broody Hen From Other Hens & Cockerel?
I am often asked what does a pipped egg means. A pipped egg is when the chick is beginning to hatch and a crack forms in the egg shell where the chick is breaking through the egg membrane and shell. The chick pecks at the inside of the egg and the shell cracks and then … Read more What Does A Pipped Egg Mean?
I have been asked some questions relating to silkie chicks and hens. I don’t have silkie hens myself although a friend has some and they hatched some of my guinea fowl eggs and looked after the keets brilliantly so I know they make great mums! Dear friends, Hope you are doing good with your pets … Read more Questions Regarding Silkie Chicks & Hens
I have been asked what cause curled toes in poultry and waterfowl chicks. Curled toes is when the chick, keet or duckling is born with toes or feet that are curled up. This can be caused by a number of things: Curled feet can be genetic and due to inbreeding. It’s only safe to breed … Read more What Causes Curled Toes In Poultry?
I received a couple of tips if your chicks have splayed legs that I thought would be useful to share. “Its my opinion from many years of hatching, that getting the splayed (spraddled) legged chick on 1/8 inch wire as soon as possible will correct most chicks with this defect. Keith” “My wife has cured … Read more Tips If You Have Splayed Legged Chicks
I have received this tip and advice about litter for a brooder. “The safest, most comfortable ,most hygienic, most chick friendly and cheapest litter for a brooder is clean chopped straw. All you need is a small bale of straw and your lawnmower (with it’s collection bag on if possible). Lay straw on a clean,dry … Read more Brooder Litter For Chicks, Ducklings and Keets
At Monday tea-time the quail chicks were moved from the incubator to the brooder. There are 29 quail chicks in the brooder and some are dark brown a few are a fawn colouring and one or two are creamy coloured. The chicks are very lively and quickly found the chick crumbs and started eating them, … Read more Day Old Quail Chicks In Brooder
Yesterday the 42 japanese quail eggs that I had in my incubator where due to hatch. I had been away in the caravan on Saturday night and when I returned on sunday afternoon some of the eggs had pipped and I could definately hear cheeping. At about 7.15pm one chick hatched by 7.45 there were … Read more Japanese Quail Chicks Hatching
I received an email about a broody hen that was bullied off her nest of eggs for about 5 hours. I sent a reply and corresponded with Kate and was delighted to hear that the hen managed to get back on the nest and the eggs hatched out. Here is our email correspondence tracking the … Read more Broody Hen Bullied Off Nest But Chicks Still Hatched
Taming quail chicks requires; Lots of time – frequent and daily contact is needed. Daily contact with the quail chicks – frequently handling, feeding, playing and talking to the chicks throughout the day. Frequent handling of the quail chicks – at least 3 times a day. Hand feeding the quail chicks – placing chick crumbs … Read more Taming Quail Chicks