John Wesley Barker
I came home 3 days ago and a Red Legged Partridge was 'waiting' outside our duck pen. She had about 10 chicks with her. They were so tiny. I think they were hatched the same day. Then I left them alone. Today we came home to find her outside out back door and she all the chicks under her wings. I offered her water and they wandered along to a set of steps we have and I left them there with the water. About 20 minutes later they were in another location and she was still finding it difficult to manage all her chicks and we were worried our cockerel might damage them so we put him and the hens away. Then later while we were eating out evening meal, the partrdige family had come 'round to the front of the house. Then the mother wandered off with her chicks leaving 4 behind. She didn't come back and although we kept out of sight she hadn't returned at all. Nowhere to be seen. Rightly or wrongly, we have brought the 4 chicks inside and they are under a lamp with water, chick crumb and are quite calm. If the mother comes back we will see if she will take them back, but we are concerned she might not. Any advice on rearing? Diet? Any one with experience of this? Thanks.