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    Quote Originally Posted by Heids89 View Post
    I've never seen wedgetails around here, only the smaller birds of prey, but still highly likely. No foxes here, and I'm smack bang in the middle.of the 'burbs' so she might have been in a neighbours yard and been attacked by a dog/cat. Yes it's so sad
    I used to live in the 'burbs in Melbourne....foxes are DEFINITELY there. I saw on on top of the neighbour's shed one night and saw them even in South Yarra when I lived there, just 3km from the CBD. Foxes are literally everywhere, both city and country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I used to live in the 'burbs in Melbourne....foxes are DEFINITELY there. I saw on on top of the neighbour's shed one night and saw them even in South Yarra when I lived there, just 3km from the CBD. Foxes are literally everywhere, both city and country.
    I'm in FNQ, no foxes up here (that I've ever heard of). We get alot of feral dogs and dingo crosses but only out bush/rural-residential areas. It's all the roaming domestic dogs that are a huge issue. And snakes!

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    One of my hens went broody. I chucked some [potentially] fertile eggs under her but none took and I just feel so bad for her. She's been sitting for weeks now. So we have 5 instant babies to pop under her when we get home. We're set up to care for them in case she rejects them but hopefully she will be alright

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    Can finally post our girls ended up with just 5 red chooks as was easier they pick on the dog!!! Lol peck his nose

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    Default Backyard chickens anyone?

    In the short term, it seems my broody chook took to the new babies.

    I set up a new home for them. It's a leftover from a cut up old poly tank, about a foot tall. I erected a pole in the middle and put bird netting over the top (I have a cat who is probably fine but we have crows and wedge tail eagles and I don't trust them). The bubs have just started to wander out from under mum and grab a snack. I got her food in the red container, water in the little one next to that and some chick starter which the bubs are near.

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    Sorry for the poop quality photo. Won't let me upload better

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    Default Backyard chickens anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    In the short term, it seems my broody chook took to the new babies.
    That's awesome! I was going to do the same for one of my broody's once. She wasn't giving up! So I got some day old chicks for her, got home and she'd gone off the eggs. So we had to hand raise them. Now I'm mean and if they go broody, they go in the brood box until they are over it!

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    I tried to grab one of the chicks before and she snapped at me so she definitely thinks they're hers. IMG_7337.jpg

    They have been sunning themselves and she seems really happy with herself and the great job she did haha.

    She started sitting about 7 weeks ago so I was amazed she was still sitting

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    I have heard of some sitting for 3 months or more. To the point they're not eating or drinking enough and can die. The mothering instinct is strong in some chickens! Wonder how she will feel when they keep her up all night

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    She was getting off the eggs for about a half hour every day when I fed them, so I knew she was okay.
    I haven't had any eggs to eat because I wanted to see if I could get her to keep sitting until I was able to get the babies, and I thought if I started grabbing eggs, even from the other chooks, she would get cranky and stop sitting.
    So I'm looking forward to getting some new eggs again from tomorrow.

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    If you take the eggs she's been sitting on, do the float/sink test in water first to make sure they are OK. Before I got hubby to build me a brood box, I'd sometimes have a couple of bad eggs as I couldn't always get them off the eggs to collect them, so they be there a week or more and I think the heat speeds up the ageing process. Now I chuck them in at the first sign of broodiness and they get over it in a few days.


 

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