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Re: baking

She is a great mother, but out where we live, those babies won't make it long.  We have hawks and owls EVERYwhere.  And she will do fine with them, until they get too big for them to ALL stay warm underneath her, and then they will freeze.  It was 29 this morning.  If she has more babies this spring or summer, I'll let her raise them.  She just happened to have two broods in the fall/winter which is a really bad time of year.  And with it getting cold, the hawks and owls just hover over our chicken area and bird feeder area, waiting.  We have field mice than run out to eat the fallen birdseed from under the wild bird feeder and you see a hawk swoop down and grab it.  We lost all of our baby ducks this fall.  We couldn't catch them and bring them in - they all swam out to the middle of the pond.  In three days, they were all gone.

Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com> wrote:
  Is she a bad mother? I've had some hens that didn't do a good job of 
mothering, but others did as good or better a job as I have, so I'd leave 
the babies with their mom.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesse Bell" 
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] baking

> Well, we don't know WHERE she hid, but we suspect it was a storage shed 
> that has a big gap under the door. She is now gone AGAIN and I'm sure she 
> is hiding more eggs now that I have taken her babies inside. DOH!! So, 
> this weekend we will be looking for her. It's too dark when we get home 
> from work. It takes 21 days for eggs to hatch. So, she was gone for 27-28 
> days because the eggs hatch about one-a-day. And you can tell which chick 
> was first born and which one is the last to be born, just by size.
> After a little romp with rooster boy, her eggs can be fertile for several 
> days. I have to find those eggs. I don't need anymore babies right now.

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