Chickens & Ducks

A Day in the Life of Six Chicks

brahma chicks

This spring two chicken sisters, Wincey and Vicky, decided to go broody one after the other.

Having broody chickens can be a real pain. They take up the nesting box; stopping the rest from laying, and they don’t eat properly, or drink and dust bathe.

Wincey was first to become broody. At first I tried to turf her off the nesting box. But she was having none of it. I told her she was too young; she was one of the chicks we bought at four weeks old last year. But in the end I relented. And gave her six welsummer hatching eggs. This is her story of how she became a mum. Four welsummer chicks were successfully hatched and they’re now five weeks old.

Vicky became broody whilst Wincey was sitting on eggs. At first I ignored her, I did think she was only playing at it. But, once the welsummer chicks hatched I got gripped by new-chick-fever and ordered her six lemon pyle brahma hatching eggs off ebay. Only two of these successfully hatched at 19 days of incubation on Tuesday 17th May.  They’ll be two weeks old tomorrow.

I’ve got two films to show you. The first film is of the brahmas hatching. The second is a day in the life of all six chicks, recorded over this weekend.

Having chicks with a broody is easy for me. The mother-hen does all the hard work. But it does mean a bit of juggling with the sleeping arrangements.

Seeing the new life emerging from an egg, hearing the cheeping before the egg has even cracked, watching the mum instinctively know what to do, is an amazing experience. I’d definitely do it again. Just need another one to go broody.

Brahma Chicks from Helen || a bookish baker on Vimeo.

A Day in the Life of Six Chicks from Helen || a bookish baker on Vimeo.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Sarah @ Say Little Hen

    I love that even though you’re all the way on the other side of the world, I can catch a scene so familiar to me. Loved both films!
    Hatching chicks never gets old. I’ve set heaps of eggs over the years now, and once a friend filled up her incubator for us. Having the hen raise the chicks is definitely easier, in my opinion, plus it’s addictive watching them with their mum.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Sarah x

    5th June 2016 at 2:02 am
  • Reply Lady Eve

    I adore the Lemon Pyle Brahma chicks’ round bottoms and little pyjama trousers! Their dust-bathing is just priceless! x

    23rd February 2017 at 4:07 pm
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