Thursday, 4 May 2017
Adding To The Flock
Typical after I hatched out some chicks in the incubator 3 weeks ago we now have two broodies, they have been broody for the past week, unfortunately the chicks we have are too old to adopt over.
They are feathering up at a rate of knots this week end they will be moving into there teenage pad then I can start weaning them off the heat lamp over the coming weeks.
Back to the broodies, I could have sent them to chicken jail to cool off, but thought I would put them use and put a call out on the local social media smallholders group for some fertile Ross Cobb eggs
I have been wanting to rear Ross Cobbs for the past couple of years, they are a great table bird, in fact those supermarket chickens 2 for £10 or what ever it is, are Ross Cobbs culled at 6-8 weeks.
They are fed a particular feed to make them grow big and heavy very fast. That isn't how I want to do it.
In readiness I set up a couple of broody coops.
No matter how many leads I followed it seems there wasn't eggs available locally people seem to buy in at day old chicks, speaking with one farmer who had some 2 day old chicks he suggested putting the chicks under the broodies and offered to sell me some at £2 each.
He suggested moving the broodies into there new homes with a couple of eggs under them, then wait until its getting dark and slip the chicks under them and remove the eggs.
So that is what I have done this tonight, one broodie has 6 and the other one has 4.
Tomorrow morning will tell if it has all been successful or if I have a lot of dead chicks, one of the broodies started purring I am hoping that is a good sign.