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There’s a peep.. Cookie is going to be a mum

THERE’S A PEEP…

I open the broody’s box this morning to give it a little pet, like I do every morning.. she has been such a good broody..
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apart from her usual funny sound, I heard something else… little chirping echoing her ‘bok bok’… not sure I heard it right because the chicks are not due to hatch until tomorrow… and I understand, with the colder weather it might take longer for them to hatch..

I took an egg from under her and I can feel movement, and I put the egg next to my ears and I can hear ‘CHIRPING’ :chicks: :chicks: I quickly run into the house and get my boys and I pass the eggs around and let them the sound coming out of the eggs.. you should see the little one’s face.. it is amazing..

When I put the egg back under mum, I expose another egg under her chest and guess what I see
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peeping… and we can even see the little beak coming through the hole.. this is so exiting..

This is the first time ever I seen an chick peeping out of an egg.. the boys seen it a couple of time thanks to the kindy’s hatchling program.. but this is the first time they see it hatch under a broody.. like nature intended..

So excited.. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: quickly checked 4 more eggs, one got a little peep but not as big as the first one and the rest are chirping away.. I am going to leave mum in peace now to hatch out those eggs :chicks: :chicks: :chicks:

It was a close call, as you are not suppose to interrupt a broody mum at the last couple days of the hatch.. because you don’t want them to go off their broodiness at the last minutes and risk having the chicks dying in the shell…

Guess what I did just last night and this morning (before the discovery)…

I moved her out of the nest she was sitting on, as it was a basin with high side and move them to a bed of straw just last night so that the chicks can get back to mum when they venture out after the hatch.. the high side of the basin can prevent chicks going back to mum for warmth and may freeze to death..

I also took mum out of the nest for food and drink and let her stretch her wing and relief herself just this morning.. I want her to get ready for the hatch tomorrow morning, did not realise I was off with my calculation.. think it was luck that mum did not go off her broodiness and happily settle into the new nest I made her.:shock:

Actually.. I did not really miscalculate.. I set the eggs on Monday night… and that would be Day 0, so it is only Day 19 or 20 today..  what a clever mum..

I am so excited.. can’t wait to see the actual chicks peeping out of mum’s.. I feel like a proud grandma..

Until next time.. happy chirping :chicks:

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Setting eggs under Cookie the Broody

Went to pick up the fertile eggs yesterday, 2.5 hrs round trip but worth the drive..

I move Cookie to her new home after dark, I dust her and the new home with Pestene..

I think it took her a few moment to realise what just happen, because she just sat there and let me do what I like and let me move her to the new nest.. I lock her in the pen and proceed to fill the water bottle for the other chooks… When I come back with the filled bottle, I found Cookie off her nest… pacing the pen, trying to get out and back to her old nest..

I took me a couple of go, putting the nest in different position in the pen hoping for her to settle again with not much luck :hmmm:.

What I end up doing, is put the nest in the darkest corner in the pen, leave her pacing the pen and turn off all the light in the yard..

I went back to the house and peek through the blind… So tempted to go out there and set her back on the nest… but OH kept me in the house away from the window :|

15 mins later, the first chance I can get away from OH and peak through the blind again… I want to scream and jump up and down with joy… Cookie is back sitting on her nest..

After work today, come home and check on Cookie before I even get in the house.. Like a good broody that she is.. sitting tight on her nest…

I just stick 10 fertile eggs under Cookie, as before she just ‘wiggle’ her chest and take them all in.. success :thumbs:

just a picture of Cookie sitting tight on the nest in her temp home.. :woot:
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I am going to find out, how soon I can candle the egg, I need to do this to made sure the eggs are indeed fertile and ‘developing’.. I think people normally do it around day 10.. so will find out and keep you posted.

The eggs will take a few hours to warm up, so I will count tomorrow as Day 1, and day 10 should be Thursday the 17th June and if all goes well, the babies should be hatch around Day 21 and that would be Monday 28th June.

Another thing I have notice.. Cookie’s wattle and comb have shrunk.. they are noticeably smaller… see her comb (Cookie on the right, photo taken 8th May) was the same size as PinkLady, but now her wattle and comb is barely noticeable. I think in the chooks’ world.. it is their way to tell the rooster.. don’t look at me, don’t bother me.. I am not in the mood..

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Until next time.. happy booding..

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