As I mentioned a week ago or so our four silkie girls have all been sitting together on a clutch of eggs. A week or so ago I found some empty egg shells. I worried that one of the girls was eating eggs. Then a few days ago I found, in the same day, two cracked open eggs with developing chicks inside. I don’t really know what is going on, but at least it indicates that some of the eggs were fertile so maybe some of them will eventually hatch. The chicks were reasonably well developed.
I didn’t want this to happen to all the eggs so I decided to move Bobblehead and Maeve (as they have a proven record as good mums) and the eggs to new maternity quarters.
The only downside with re-using a dog kennel as maternity quarters is that it is a little hard to get inside. As yet, still no chicks have hatched.. It is about now that I wish I had kept better records – or, to be fair, any record at all! Unfortunately yesterday I found another dead chick in a shell. Well we will have to wait and see…..
N.B Marla asked about our fly traps – they are hideous things – look away if you are squeamish or gaze with morbid fascination, if you can’t help yourself! The black mass you can see is flies – they often lay maggots in there as well – serious gross. However, it does keep the majority out of the house which is a relief.