We have never had hawk trouble until this spring. We had small hawks - Coopers hawks, I believe - killing chickens and guineas. The hawks probably weigh less than my birds, so they couldn't carry them away. They would kill my birds, then sit on the ground to eat them...right in the yard! I put up some owl decoys, and that seems to have stopped the hawk trouble, at least for now.My teenage son once witnessed a hawk snatching a pullet right out of our pasture.😡
That's a great question, and I did not mark it on my calendar, like a diligent chicken farmer should. But according to my old posts on this thread, the first egg pipped on the 30th. The others hatched about 2-3 days afterward. So the chicks are roughly 10 days - 2 weeks old.
Those will be some well-protected chicks with 2 moms looking after them!Cute chicks! I about had a heart attack this morning. Momma hens took the 8 chicks outside. I was hoping they would stay inside longer. The last egg never hatched and today was the day both hens decided they were done just sitting. It has been 24 days since I candled and marked the eggs. So 8 out of 10 hatched. View attachment 229604
And I thought it was hard making sure the chickens couldn’t get to the poults. Cats are so hard to keep out of things. Between having to climb the fence and take on two mamas, hopefully they’ll decide the chicks aren’t worth it.OMG. Little Bit is too adorable! I have to watch out for the barn cats. They discovered the chicks and are very interested. I blocked off places they could get through but I guess they could climb the fence if they really wanted to.
He is so funny and a beautiful little guy.