Here's a weird one .. Chicks and Ducklings ..
Right, so, a bit of a weird one to be posting on EduGeek, but hey, some of the stuff that get's discussed on here, I thought heck why not.
So, I live out in the sticks a bit and we have various animals around the place, some of which are chickens and ducks.
Now, we have boy ones too, so we currently have babies about the place (all together now .. awwwww). the ducks seem to be coping fine, a bit clumsy from time to time, but generally, it's all good. Chickens, well they just seem to be clumsy all the time and having big spikey feet instead of the slightly less dangerous webbed feet, I'm wondering, what do we do, let nature take its course and leave all the hens together with the chicks and let the cock stay around too (he's called Travolta because he's white and struts everywhere) or should we shut off the mother hens with the chicks for a while?
Last year one of our hens sat on some eggs, they hatched, but there weren't any survivors, 2 disappeared (we suspect a rodent of some description) and the other 2 were just found lifeless - and we don't know if it was her standing on them or what.
So, go on, anyone out there have chickens and gone through the brooding thing with them? What's the recommendations. Looking around, it's seems 50/50 depending on the temperament of the chickens as to what is best .. but I wonder if whilst they hatch the last of them, we should shut them off for a few days.
Like I say, the ducks are fine, out biggest concern there is them getting taken by a rodent, but mum seems to scare anything off that goes near, including our 2 cats - and I certainly wouldn't want to mess with her, I mean even putting feed down is fun with her hissing and flapping. lol.
Normal geeky forum posts will resume shortly! lol ..
Andy T :cool: