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One of the baby chicks hatched today!!

Please excuse all the feathers. They belong to my dad's Red Star chicks (they live in a pen right beside my Silkies and they're molting, soooo). For some odd reason there are rocks everywhere, too.


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Congratulations, you have a new peep. Are there any more eggs left to hatch?

Peep actually looks like it could be a couple of days old. Where's mom? She should be hovering making sure you don't do something wrong. :giggle:
 

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Thank you! She has four eggs left that she's still sitting on.

Really? I feed them this morning and didn't see anything. She was right beside the chick. I didn't get her in the picture. She did seem like she didn't want me messing with the chick. Earlier, he/she was on the other side of the pen.
 

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Yeah, newly hatched peeps usually stay under Mom the first day or two. Unless you pick Mom up you don't even know they're there.

I'd candle those remaining eggs.
 

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Oh, that explains it.

Yes, I am planning on doing that. Is it okay if I bring them inside to candle them or wait 'til the sun goes down?
 

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Yes, you can take them in to candle. It won't hurt them.

Make sure peep knows about food and water if the eggs are viable. Mom won't budge as long as she has the eggs.
 

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I candled the remaining eggs. I couldn't really see anything. One smelled like death (I threw that one away). She is sitting on them now.

Yes, ma'am. Thank you! Btw, Dawn was pecking the chick. What should I do about that?
 

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Like she was trying to drive it off?

You probably need to take those two eggs. It's been long enough now if they were viable they would have hatched. Then watch to see if she accepts the peep to take care of.
 

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I don't know. My brother said she was pecking it. I didn't see it. Knowing Dawn, she probably was. LOL.

Yeah, probably. Thank you!
 

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Keep an eye on her. It's not normal for adult like Dawn to drive off her peeps. First time Moms will do it or even kill them.
 

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Oh, okay. Thank you. I will. You have been an amazing help. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
 

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I will keep posting pictures. I'd like to get him/her in the grass. Would make for a better picture. Yes, he/she has a couple little black spots. Just might be! We'll see.
 

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There appears to be a scratch on my camera. Or maybe just a smudge.

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He/she is getting more little black spots.
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Yay! If it's a hen, I plan to keep her. Mom is always with him/her. She seems to doing a good job. I haven't seen Dawn peck the chick.

Yes, the only egg.
 

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That's if the spots I can see are black. Dawn is the black hen. What color is the roo? I've forgotten.
 

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Dang, then I don't know what peep is. I'd have to do some digging but I think black to lavender should give you either black or lavender peeps. Not one that's spotted.
 
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