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Different kind of nest cam

Now it's officially spring in our coop.  Went in to check on the girls, and found three of them all fighting for the same nest box.  Sorted them out (the white one on top was minding her own business and her own eggs, one of the left stole the bottom right box from the that hen and there's another hen sitting on some golf balls above these girls now who also wanted in on that box and was acting all pissy on the ladder), and when things quieted down, I could hear peeping coming from underneath then hen.  Anyway, the eggs are hatching just in time so I could go out of town for the weekend up Breckenridge for a little brewfest.

 

 

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Thats pretty cool, Thanks for

Thats pretty cool, Thanks for posting, Girls will be girls and fight over just about anything.LOL. Are they hard to care for? What do you do with them? I have a friend that raises chickens for the eggs and eventually the birds end up on the table. Another friend who raises turkey's.

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easy

Extremely easy to care for, certainly the easiest farm animal or pet you can have.  Just let em out in the morning and lock em up at night.  Fill water every three or four days, refill feeder in the winter every few days, maybe once a month in the summer.  Every once in a while I'll forget to lock up and a fox will take one though.  I raise mine for fun, eggs and meat in that order.  I like watching them around the place.  How they scratch around for stuff, chase grasshoppers, follow people around like 3rd world beggar children, they come when they're called, and are just plain entertaining to me.  But, I don't have cable.

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it's taking forever

But the little dudes are getting there.

 

Should have at least a couple chicks finish hatching overnight

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couldn't resist checking one more time

Had to look before I went to bed, and finally!  

 

Plus, we've got a few more coming

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Looks like it would be kinda

Looks like it would be kinda fun, I remeber in grade school we had some chicken eggs in an incubator and hatched them and raised them for that year, after the school year was over we gave them to a farm. it was fun. i think i was 9 or 10. I think my kids would think that was cool. maybe I'll talk to the wife about maybe getting a chicken or 2 and see if we can raise them. Good luck with the chicks, how long does it take for them to hatch? i thought they just popped out but from the sound of it its not the fast.

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takes a while

I think 14-18 hours from the first pip (when they crack the shell).  So anyway, we've got at least four little buggers up underneath momma right now.

Hard to see, but there's all four bodies in this picture:

And all but one of the eggs that I could see easily has pipped, so I'd expect 8 or 9 chicks by the end of the day (started with 13, discarded a few that I candled that didn't show any development)

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up to 7 now

I expect 9 of the 12 to hatch today.  But I put those remaining three with the Brahma above her.  Last night, one of the Brahma's eggs was already pipped, so I put it down with this Black Giant.  That one's now hatched out.  The Brahmas are due in about 2, so if those remaining three are a little behind, it should be about perfect.

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Thats awesome !

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It definately looks like fun and the eggs and meat can not be beat. There is nothing better than farm fresh chicken eggs in my book. The pics are amazing as always and thanks for sharing.

I just finished getting the garden ready tonight so the first of May I can plant my tomatoes.

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tried again to get a few pictures

The little buggers are fast moving already so it's hard.  Anyway, still 9 living chicks.  If they make it this long, they should be fine, as along as a dog doesn't get into them.

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