Saturday, 9 November 2013
additions to the (chook) family
Monday saw one of the chooks become clucky. none of the others have been clucky before, i don't think Light Sussex are really known for their broodiness. the big hen though is persistent. we picked her up from the nest box and placed her outside but time and time again she returned to her straw lined nest.
we considered buying some fertile eggs to pop under her, but the thought of poor hatching rate, male chicks amongst the hatchlings and the big hen giving up on being clucky before the eggs hatched was not appealing. instead we ended up with two Australorp cross chicks. speaking to the man from the pet shop it was just a matter of waiting until night-time then removing the eggs from under her and replacing them with the chicks. this was last night and so far so good. the chicks snuggle under her wings and she is very protective of them, a good sign. hopefully this good mothering continues.
have you tried putting chicks under a clucky hen before? did it work?