She's (or he's) Here!!!!

She's here!!!! Baby Renee was hatched yesterday (Monday) sometime in the afternoon or early evening. Mama Claire is upset by all of the commotion (us), but is a very proud and good mom. I am choosing to live in denial and state that she's a girl, however, Jay has to burst my bubble with his "living in the real world" sense of reality and tell me it's probably a little boy. Baby will be either Renee (girl) or Rene (boy) in memory of our beloved "little Renee" and Renee the First who Little Renee was named after.

We've been congratulating Clyde on his ability to do his "job". As clumsy as he is, I really didn't believe he'd successfully fertilized anything. Guess I was wrong! He's thrilled with the praise, but confused as to the reason.


She's about 24 hours old in these photos and the cutest little thing you've ever seen! We brought Claire, her second un-hatched egg, and Baby Renee in the house. They're living in a dog crate in my craft room (such a multi-purpose room!). It's too cold outside, so it's "home" for now.
When we got home tonight we made Claire give us access to the baby to make sure she's had food and water today. She ate and drank a little for us. Mom was quite nervous and watched every move we made.

Here's "proud Mama" with Baby going back under her wing. So.....anyone have experience with re-introducing Mama and Baby back to the flock???? I'd LOVE some advice!

4 comments:

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I love chickens esp. the chicks! Enjoy!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Oh my goodness! I'm SO jealous...I so want some babies!! I don't have advice for putting the BABY back into the flock, you could check in with the real Chicken Whisperer, his name is Andy, if you Google it, you'll find him. He'll totally write you back. I know putting chickens in at night is the way to go. I'm just not sure about that baby.

Congratulations!

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Ohmygosh - Renne is just gorgeous! Baby peeps are just the best! As for reintroducing.... I do not remove the mama and babies from the coop. My first clutch hatched out when the day time highs were in the 20s last year. Mama will keep those babies plenty warm. Just make sure they have plenty of bedding. What I do is move the mama and babies to a brooder area in the coop. They will be safe from the others, but not removed from the flock, so mama is not forgotten by the flock, and the others get used to seeing and hearing the babies. If you can't section off an area, putting her in a crate in the coop would work fine. After 1 - 3 weeks, depending on the mama and how good she is with the babies, I begin opening the brooder during the day and letting her start bringing the babies out into the coop. I watch for the first few times. What *should* happen is that the others in the flock will wander in to check out the babies - and they will either poke around and leave OR mama will jump on them and chase them out. Either of those is fine. You want to be sure the babies won't be attacked by the others AND that the mama is a good mama and is going to protect them. My experienced mamas I let out in 1 week. They will kick the snot out of anyone even looking at those babies. The first time mamas stay in at least 2 weeks. I hope all of this makes sense. I can't guarantee it will work for you, but that is how I do it and it's what I've found works for me. The important thing is to keep mama and babies separated from the others for a while, but not totally separated from the flock so that everyone is kind of used to each other when they finally come face to face. If you are interested, here area couple of posts that show my brooder set up, and how I block off the nests for the broodies while they are setting. http://backtobasicliving.com/blog/2009/08/ http://backtobasicliving.com/blog/chickens-like-to-keep-things-interesting/

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks for the advice Penny! I looked at your "Chicken Coop DeVille" and showed Jay the brooder. It looks like you keep it closed. What about having an opening at the top for Mama to come and go? I've got him working on it now.
-Staci