Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Surprise!!

We have not had the greatest success raising chicks this year. We lost several families to a raccoon, then a bunch to a feral cat, and recently, two half-grown chicks out of a batch of three mysteriously disappeared.

So, yesterday when I heard peeping I was a bit dismayed - it is so late in the year and going to be so cold for a hen to raise a clutch, and these chicks were hidden somewhere in the cluttered, storage section of the barn.

Today Cadence and I found and  caught the hen and her babies, all nine of them, and put them in a dog crate in the chicken coop.  The other chickens won't be able to harrass them in the crate and they will be much warmer in the coop than the barn.  Not to mention they will be fed and watered.  In a few days I will open the crate door so the family can go in and out at will.

It is impossible for your crabbiness not to melt a bit when you see how cute the chicks are and how proud and motherly the hen is.

4 comments:

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hooray for surprise babies! Congratulations!

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Mary Ann said...

Love the little peeps, but you're right, fall is not the time. We had bad luck last year with peeps, but better this year... just too many cockerels!

CrazyChicken said...

Susan, I am sorry to hear of your losses. I have had a few losses to coon this year and owls too. It is frustrating. If you need some started or nearly adult replacements, I am reducing my flock for winter and breeding season now. I have pullets available. Give me a call if you are interested. I have some Cochins, Buckeyes, Ameraucanas and Minorcas for sure. I have some younger Blue and Black Orpingtons too that hatched in June.

quinn said...

Aww! What a nice surprise! One of my hens produced a surprise chook on 24 November, when it was almighty cold, and I did the same thing with a dog crate. I stuck a low cardboard box in one corner, with a little hay in it, and the hen settled right in :)