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Havelock North
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Chickens hatching

I am now the proud Mum of 20 wee chicks that started hatching yesterday morning. I incubated them in a hova-bator (despite many warnings that this machine is not great). The eggs are being looked after in our hot water cylinder by our pet chicken (named 'Princess Fiona' by my 6 year old daughter). Fingers crossed they all thrive.

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments

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At 6:16pm on January 11, 2011, Hester said…
Thanks for letting me know you can't come. Hope to see you another time. Happy Gardening.
At 6:22pm on October 18, 2009, Hester said…
That's fine, as long as you keep an eye on them, I'm happy with that.
At 11:12am on October 18, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Susan, you are most welcome to bring your husband too.
At 8:49am on September 27, 2009, Earl Mardle said…
Hi Susan,

I'm also a poultry subscriber but I can't find your question about getting chooks off being broody.

We just picked up our two shavers yesterday so I am no expert but the guy I bought them off is. Here's what he says.

Method 1. Hold the chook by its legs and neck and dunk the back end into a bucket of cold water for about 20 seconds. Take it out, let it think its all over for about half a minute, then dunk it again. Repeat a third time.

Method 2 Place inside an upturned box that is propped open far enough to let air in but is too heavy for the chook to push off. Leave it there for 3 days. No food, no water.

The theory seems to be that the broody chook's metabolism switches to a higher temperature when they are broody and the shock treatments switch it back.

I haven't tried either yet, Dolly and Polly only arrived yesterday and are still a couple of weeks away from laying anyway. If you decide to give it a try, I'd love to hear the result.

BTW, they are brown shavers.
At 2:58pm on August 31, 2009, Hester said…
Wow-you have been busy.Hope things are easier now.
At 10:53pm on August 21, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hello Susan. Welcome. Great to have you here. You might want to check out the Hawkes Bay group to stay in the local loop. Have fun oooobying!!
At 9:35pm on August 21, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Susan
Welcome to Ooooby. We are having a Hawkes Bay Ooooby get-together on Sunday. Check out the events box on the main Ooooby page. The last one was lots of fun.


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