Thursday, 9 July 2009
Surprise early chick
We have had the broody hen in an enclosed broody coop for most of the past three weeks, just taking her out for twenty minutes a day. However on Tuesday I built a run for her so she could come out on her own accord, as I wasn't happy disturbing her so close to hatching time. As she didn't come out at all on Wednesday I decided today I would lift her, as she still had three days to go, only to be greeted by a little fluffy yellow chick !
It is only day 19 and no sign of anymore today. All I can think of is that it is an Ixworth. Long story, not one to be recommended or repeated but when we collected the eggs from the poultry man there was a hen sitting on the Ixworth eggs and he thought she may have started incubating them. I did question whether this would cause problems if they hatched earlier than the others....he assured me not..um mm we shall see.
Spirited little thing, already giving it's mother a hard time, pecking at her eyes and hanging from her comb. Not behaviour I've seen before and not good if she still has to sit for a few more days.
One day I'll do things properly and as I plan rather than being talked into the 'next best'.
It is really nice to see a mother hen with her chicks though, so much better than the harsh environment of an incubator.