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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

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This boy was finally caught on his evening roost. I managed to get a few good pics of him this am. Aside from his battle wounds (still healing from his territorial fight), he is a very good looking bird.

The nice thing about Cochins is their mild mannered nature. This guy never tries to skewer (with his spurs) or bite people. Once you catch him, he is a cooperative model.

Bantam Birchen Cochin Roo:

His imitation of a Bald Eagle.

SG Silkie x Bantam Polish Cockerel
(just plain missed getting his pic yesterday)

This young roo has not been plucked nor is he molting. He is actually part of our ugly breeding project.

Chick Magnet!

This growing adolescent is actually quite full of himself. Our lady’s man proclaims to be quite a stud.

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More 2012 Breeders (& Upcoming Stock)

Bantam Ameraucana (Blue Egg) Breeders:

Splash Ameraucana Roo

Splash Ameraucana Pullet:

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FARMETTE 1769 – JUNE 2012
Chicken Pic Parade

Our Bantam Cochin Breeders:

Red Cochin Cockerel:

White Cochin Hen:

Blue Laced Cochin Pullet:

Mille Fleur Cochin Hens:

Birchen Cochin Roo – Who would not be caught for a good pic, so please excuse my photography. Also, this roo is recovering from a run-in with another too. He lost!:

Our Silkie Breeders:

SQ Blue Splash Silkie Roo:

SQ Blue Splash Silkie Hen:

Black Silkie/Polish “Ugly” Hen:

SG Blue Frizzle Silkie Roo:

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And eats and eats! What a hungry, hungry hippo! We just had an illness run through the brooder that Chance II was in, losing one of his little buddies, but (crossing fingers) that problem seems to be going away.

Chance II is back to eating like a pig and drinking as usual:

Here are two side view glamor shots:

#1 Left Side – Not so bad.

#2 Right Side – Hold your breath!

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Chance the 2nd has made it past the critical first stages of life. Having a deep bowl of chick crumbles proved successful by itself. He figured out how to eat on his own. That could not have timed out better since my freelance business got busier and I had no time or energy to focus on him more than any of the other chicks.

I actually need to stop saying “he” since “he” is a “she”. The following video clip has that mistake in it. She is a smart little girl and equally energetic. Not sugar n’ salt water booster needed here. All that she had to do was figure out how to eat and drink. Chance II passed this test with flying colors.

Our first post on Chance to was here: https://farmette1769.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/freak-chick-hatched-on-farmette-1769/
Please forgive me for my lack of expertise in blogging. I am not sure that this is the BEST way to get to the original article, but I do know that it WILL get you there.

Chance does get a little help from her friends. Her room mates are always glad to pick out the leftovers from her crossed beak (saving tidbits for later?).

Now, onward and upward she goes!

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This is the first deformed chick that has hatched here on the farmette. I really should not joke and call him a freak. His name will be Chance II since his survival will hang in the balance where eating and drinking are concerned.

The story can be told mostly in pictures. As much as his beak is twisted, he is able to drink. That is good. Food will be a challenge. Instead of having a shallow food bowl, I am going to try one that is deep. It will be filled with chick starter food (fine crumbles).

Chance II is an amazing chick so far. He cracked his way out of his shell with that crossed bill. Maybe it was an advantage and worked like scissors (I really should not joke).

Surprisingly, despite this baby’s special physique, he is strong and healthy. He peeps and runs around behaving just like the other chicks. If you look down in the brooder bin, you really can’t tell that anything is wrong.


I saved the best view for last. This angle shows the left side of his face as normal, but he right side gone a-rye in development. He can see fine out of his left eye. The right one did not form into something usable. I am glad that he is not completely blind.

It was hard to get Chance II to keep still for photos. This is a good thing. Maybe our oddball chick will not only drink, but eat some chick starter food soon. 🙂

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So, Chance the chick lives – Amazing. I am glad that I had the focus to give this one little chick some extra TLC. Life does not always allow me to coddle a chick to this degree, but I try to do as much as humanly possible if i cannot.

Despite one’s best efforts, it is not often that these types of chick problems turn out well. It is always worth a try. Just keep in mind that if you do not succeed in keeping a chick going, nature has just had to take its own course and new life will keep coming.

You do never know. Chicks are babies. They have fragile little lives. Baby chicks can weather quite a lot, but one little thing can throw them off so much that you lose them. Their digestive system has to develop more and their feathers need to come in. They also need more weight to help regulate their body temperature. The way they run around peeping, you’d think that nothing could slow them down.

But that behavior is to get the attention of the mother hen. If a hen sits and hatches her own chicks, she will keep them warm and safe underneath her. It is fun to watch the way the group moves in unison, Mom doing a kind of half squat walk leaving little room beneath her. A young chick’s biggest enemy is temperature change.

Chick starter food and water are also essentials. I use pine shavings for bedding in some type of tub or bin and a reflector lamp with a 60 watt bulb. This set-up replaces the hen.

If I get a broody hen (one that likes to stay nesting on her eggs) this Spring, I may separate her so she can raise some of her own chicks, mainly because it is just too cute to watch…

But, here is what you’ve all been waiting for. Chance the chick chillin’ with his peeps. And drinking water all by himself!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-V2GmT5jeA

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