I have been putting the eggs from my buff-colored hens under any hen that is broody and not getting any chicks. Well, I had one chick hatch out yesterday and I am pretty sure she looks like she will be buff-colored. It is sometimes hard to tell when they are first hatched out. I realized a couple days ago that one of the chicks hatched out in April is actually going to be buff-colored, too. I am thrilled.
Lacy is a white Silkie that I got back in December, along with her week old chick. Her baby chick stuck by her for months and is now full grown and laying eggs herself. Lacy B (baby) is her name.
Lacy has gone broody twice since December and hatched out chicks for me. She still has five more eggs under her but none hatched out today. I put them under her at various times for about a week so I don’t know if more will hatch or not. Hope so.
Today, I was moving the chicks around and they were not happy about it. They were making all kinds of noises and the Light Blue Silkie rooster decided to attack me. He jumped at my legs. I had on shorts so I got a slight scratch on my leg. That was the first time I have ever seen any aggression from the roosters. The momma’s get very aggravated when I try to look under them to see if the eggs have hatched or if I come near their newly hatched chicks but this was a first for me. Then the Black or Grey Silkie rooster (didn’t really see which one as I had my hands full just trying to carry the three chicks) decided to try to jump me a few minutes later when I was moving more chickens.
I was glad I decided to move the chicks because there were so many ants in the one yard. The smaller chicks are still eating starter food and they get it everywhere so it has attracted a lot of ants. Usually before I put chickens in a small yard, I rake it really good to get any old poop out of it. Sometimes I hose the area down, too. After it is dry, I sprinkle ant killer granules LIGHTLY in the area. I make sure there is not any piles of ant granules. Sometimes I even rake it a little more just so its not so obvious to the chickens. Then I spread hay on the ground lightly. This seems to be working for me. I just make sure there is plenty of food and water for them so they don’t have to start scratching the ground to look for food for awhile.
Well, the chicks are all settled down in their new yards but I still have 7 chicks in my second tub. They are barely one week old and I don’t want to put them outside yet. I will get the area that I cleaned out today ready for them in the near future. Fortunately, the 4×8 cage is moveable so it will be a little less work.
I don’t know how many ant bites I got today. I am not allergic to the bites but I have noticed that if I get too many at one time, I don’t feel real well. I bet I got fifteen or twenty today. Dang it. I had to trim my trees in my chicken yards, too because every time I went under them or I brushed against one, I ended up with an ant on my blouse or arms. They must be after me. I do run around the yard putting ant killer granules out when my chickens are not free ranging so they must have spread the word. lol
So my count now is 121 chickens. I really am going to sell some in the near future. I was out there looking closely at them today, determining hens and roosters. I know I have two extra black Silkie roosters. I have the cutest little grey Silkie…I will add a picture tomorrow if I can. It grey and has white under it’s neck area and it is so fat and fluffy looking.
I was talking to my husband out in the chicken yard commenting on how this one is so cute and how much I like that one. My husband said, “So which one don’t you like?” He knew my answer. NONE. Though I do get aggravated when one chicken seems to be picking on another one.