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First hatching!

by Heidi on February 4th, 2009
 
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Well it wasn’t a hatching here, but it was the first hatching from the eggs of our Chanteclers! Three weeks ago we traded 9 eggs for a pair of quail. Our friend awoke this morning to discover that 6 of the 9 had hatched! We will have to wait and see what happens with the other 3. But even if they don’t hatch, 6 chicks isn’t bad considering the temperatures the barn was reaching when the eggs were being laid. Even with me checking the barn repeatedly during the day we had some freeze solid (not the ones we passed on for hatching of course)!

It is very good to know that our roosters are doing their jobs, and that even if slightly chilled, eggs can be hatched. We are very ‘eggcited’ (sorry I couldn’t help it) to have ago at hatching some here.

Of course as we were talking chicken we got to discussing the bantam chicks who are now about 8 weeks old, and pictures were requested …..

Bantam chicks Bantam chicks
Bantam chicks Bantam chicks

Soon we are going to have to make some difficult decisions. We can’t risk any roosters other than our Chantecler’s getting to our lady Chantecler’s, so had been thinking that the 3 bantam roosters would all have to be destined for the pot, along with hen with the crooked beak.

But this guy is just so handsome….
Handsome bantam rooster
… and I really like the bantams; if I am to raise more I will need a rooster in with my hens!

And finally our little battered rooster. Still concerned that his presence might inhibit the quail, on the weekend we tried again to return him to the chick pen, which resulted in them beating him up so badly he was bleeding! So back with the quail he went.

Battered bantam rooster

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2 Comments

  1. Actually, 7 hatched, one of them were hiding! One didn’t make it as they were malformed. The other six are doing well and no movement from the 2 remaining eggs.

    Comment by Melissa — February 4, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

  2. Hi, cool site, good writing ;)

    Comment by Uttetrorb — February 9, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

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