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I have babies!!!!!!!! (Hint: they peep) pics

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hi everybody, I've been busy lately. I've been working hard on building a chicken coop out of someone's old used coop and an old dog house. It's about 3/4 done and has been quite the challenge since I have no directions and almost all the materials are old and recycled. Since I was close I decided to go ahead and get some chicks so that when the coop is done they'll be old enough to go out there. It's almost the end of the season for getting chicks. I ended up with four chosen from the dozen or so brought to me from the hatchery owner, including lo and behold a lone duckling! The chicks are Blue Lace Red Wyandottes and the duckling is a Indian Runner. Here are some pics: six days old

nine days old

They are growing very quick. The duck seems to be the boldest and most watchful. When they are awake they all peep and and run around in their tote box and eat food and drink some water, especially the duck. They they go back under the heat lamp and and squirm and peep and jostle until all of the sudden everything is quiet and they are all fast asleep for about 5- 10 minutes. Then they wake up and start all over. The chicks are a rare breed of wyandottes and absolutely beautiful when fully grown. The duck which I was told will be white when feathered out is a flightless bird from southeast Asia where their method of defense is to run. So they have a funny silhouette standing upright like a penguin. He's already very fast. Based on how alert he is I bet he'll be a guard duck, LOL
Unfortunately, I have some bad news. Today one of the chicks died. It was the lightest colored one and destined to really show the blue lace plumage really well. But it was not to be. It seemed really healthy at first but started slowing down at the end of yesterday, and by this morning it had stopped moving and wasn't eating or drinking. I tried to get food/water in it with an eye dropper and it seemed to perk up slightly but it never really recovered and kept going downhill until it died. I don't know why it could have been any of a number of reasons.

Luckily the rest seem to be fine. So I hope the rest don't have any problems. It was very disheartening to lose one.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SYDLETZIII 7/11/2013 11:27PM

    They are cute, what do you do with them when they grow up?

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MRSP90X 6/28/2013 6:33PM

    Oh how precious!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 6/28/2013 1:28PM

    I love them! The duck is going to think you're it's mother.

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LOVESLIFE48 6/28/2013 1:19PM

    Awwwww, they are aborable!! Thanks for sharing!!

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AJDOVER1 6/28/2013 1:14PM

    Aw, thanks for sharing your babies with us! They're too peeping cute! Sorry that you've lost one and I hope the rest stay healthy. The look like a worthy brood to live in a coop with a stained glass window!

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NISSANGIRL 6/28/2013 6:59AM

    They r adorable!!! u r so lucky that u can handle them and be around them!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 6/27/2013 12:49PM

    How cute!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/26/2013 11:38PM

    They are so cute! I used to breed and raise baby birds (parrots, not chickens or ducks though, lol). I loved them and hand feeding them and watching the grow up. Sorry about the one little guy though!

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DJ4HEALTH 6/26/2013 11:26PM

    So sorry about the little chick and hope that the rest are ok.

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FELINEBETTER 6/26/2013 11:08PM

    They are so darn cute! I'm sorry to hear about the little guy!

Congratulations for taking on such an endeavor!

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EILEEN828 6/26/2013 10:03PM

    The hatchery lady said that she had four duck eggs that she was trying for the first time and that only one had hatched. She was very surprised when she slide open the chick tray and found him staring up at her in a sea of chicks. He had fallen four inches from the tray above. She said he was a surprised to see her as she was to see him!

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61INCHGAL 6/26/2013 10:03PM

    They are the sweetest things !!!

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MSELEANOR1957 6/26/2013 9:57PM

    I'm sorry you lost one. They are so so little. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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SISTERJAMEELA 6/26/2013 9:56PM

    OMG How adorable. Sorry to hear about the lil one that died. But OMG cuteness overload lol.

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MELTEAGUE 6/26/2013 9:56PM

    Oh my gosh, that duck is too cute!

I am expecting my mallard duck that nested in my front garden to have her eggs hatch ANY DAY NOW!! SO excited! Can't wait!

Your duck is soo cute! How come all chicks and one duck? How did you manage that?

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