[Homestead] Baby chicks arrived
lkvp at floydva.net
Wed Sep 1 10:18:47 EDT 2004
>(snip) Most pullet orders have included 10 to 20% roosters.
We ended up with a rooster this spring that we thought certain was a hen
last fall. We called her our 'miracle hen' as she was born outside on
the night of the hard frost (Oct. 2) and made it. We dutifully looked
and checked (as best we could--we couldn't catch them) for emerging
combs around the four week timeframe and didn't think we saw one. Then
this spring the hen sprouted tail feathers and a big comb and began to
crow...hey, it must be a rooster!
So what should we do better this time around? We will be able to
closely inspect this time as the pullets are kept under the heat lamp in
a large box/pen area and we have more control. We don't want to end up
with another hen-turned-rooster situation.
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