About 5 weeks ago one of the young AussieRocks went and sat on some eggs. She sat all that day and was still sitting that night and the next day she was still sitting. My briliant brain and pecked at finger told me that she was probably clucky. Waste of the eggs she was sitting on though as there is no rooster in with this lot.
I go out the back where there is a rooster with a few hens and over the week I collect 8 or 9 fertile eggs. I make up a nest in another box, put it in the chicken pen and add the fertile eggs. I wait until night when all good chooks should be asleep and creep in and slowly get up enough courage to pick her up. She only tries to peck me a few times while I am carrying her to her new nest. I
We find 3 dead nearly hatched chickens. I cried. I know that the other eggs are probably dead but we empty the nest, put in dry hay, Hubby puts a platform in to lift the box out of the water if it rains again and the chook gets back on the 5 wet and cold eggs we put back in. I go out on Wed and find and remove a dead hatched chicken. Not home on Thursday so go out this morning thinking to remove her and clean out the area and put her back in with the other chooks.
She's not there. There are 3 cold eggs in the nest. So no chickens from that lot.
I look, find her sitting in a different pen. Has she or hasn't she a baby under there...
There is one little chicken that survived all the trauma. It is so cute. I bet it's a rooster!
A week after the black chook went clucky I put a batch of eggs under one of the Mixed Breed chooks.
Last weekend they too were under water. They too were put on dry hay and up out of the water. The MB chook is still sitting on them. They are due to hatch this weekend.
I felt so bad about the dead chickens because I put the nests there. I didn't even think that the chooks had been scratching the area and that it was lower than the rest of the pen.
Once these chooks are finished with this area Hubby is going to build it up and make a sloping cement platform so it won't happen again. But bugger! 'Twas a sad day.
I now need to get the black chook and her lone baby back into where she was in the chicken pen. It is a pen that is netted to keep the crows out whereas the pen she is in now isn't so it's not safe enough for her chicken. That will be this afternoons job. I have cleaned out the area and nest so it will be nice and clean for her.