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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:56 pm 
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THANK YOU SO MUCH SUE, THAT DOES MAKE SENCE,

I AM STILL JUST LEARNING, SO I AM TRYING TO NOT JUMP THE GUN,

I WILL WAIT UNTIL I NOTICE SOMETHING ELSE IN THE CHICKS AND WHEN I DO, I SEND SOME PHOTOS,

THANK YOU AGAIN.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:30 am 
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I had a friend come over and saw chicks and he has told me that the black one and the light colour of the pymoth rock are females ( pullets )
and the darker 2 are males.

I have notice on the pymoth rock light one that has yellow legs, interesting??


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:47 am 
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That is good to have confirmation of the sexes. Now you will have to decide what to do with the males. You won't need to rush as the males develop quite late so hopefully won't start crowing for at least a couple of months.

Yellow is the 'correct' colour for Plymouth Rock legs so that is great. She looks like a nice little bird.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:04 am 
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yes, she is my favourite out of them, she also has got under the wire into the hens, ( chucky )

yesterday I let them out for a walk in the big yard of grass, and mum went one direction and the chicks went the other way.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
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I have notice 2 things -

1. the 2 dark chicks have been standing up to each other, it is like they are jump and hit each other in the chest.
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mother hen wont let the chicks hug up to her at night.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
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today I let the chicks and the hens out in the open grass and mixed together for the first time, mother hen went into the hen coop, not with the chicks, so I caught her and put her with the chicks,
wondering if I should still keep the chicks and mother hen separated, or mix them up, in the 8 weeks, I had them sperated from the hens, but they could always see each other.
if I mix them up, will the chicks still eat the chook starter, and the hens would eat them too.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
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I also got grower, that on the bag it says not feed to layers, is this ok for mother hen??


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It is fine for the mother hen - the reason that it says not to feed to layers is because it contains a medication to help protect the chicks from Coccidiosis. It is not advised for people to eat her eggs while she is eating the medicated grower feed.
The chicks are old enough not to need the mother hen now so she could go back with the other hens. It is best to keep the chicks separate from the adults and on the grower feed until they are about 20 weeks old.


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thank you very much.


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
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I can be over protected at times, like I am with my cat.


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I have given away eggs from mother hen to some people, what happens about the mother hen eggs, if I separate her to the chicks tomorrow, that will be ok about her eggs, wont it.


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I am trying to feed the chicks with cooked rice and soak the grower into the rice to get rid of it.


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If they are eating that you can start to reduce the amount of rice and increase the amount of grower until they get used to it. Try to get them off the rice and eating just the grower as soon as possible.


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so you are saying to keep the chicks separated until 20 weeks old ( which is when they start laying and start on hen feed )


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 Post subject: Re: new chicks
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They probably won't start laying until the Spring. The increased amount of sunlight triggers their laying hormones to kick in. Keep them on the grower feed until about 20 weeks - longer won't matter so finish the bag before you mix them with the older hens. Until they are mature they are likely to be bullied by the older hens.


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