Help ! My Cochin and Serama eggs were to hatch this coming Saturday. The storms last night here in Georgai were terrible and the electricity went out for over an hour. I did not open the incu... do you think they will be allright or should I just give up on them?
Thank Heavens I took 6 of the eggs and put them under Chicopea Broody, last week.
ZZ's is quite right, I lost power on one hatch for just over 4 hrs. I was thinking the same thing Eufaula, probably going to lose the batch, but, they did just fine and I had a good hatch. Just hang in there. P.S. I just hatched three new serama babies with ten more eggs to hatch I hope...
I think the weather is crazy everywhere...here almost every river in the state is flooded over, houses are sinking and sliding off of foundations all over the place. It's terrible...We are very fortunate as we have a large creek but its thirty feet below our property level so no water problems here are really possible...The creek is normally only about a foot high but now it's probably three feet as it has been raining here forever, well it seems like it...Hay
Thanks ZZ, I had forgotten that about Hay's incu. It makes me feel a lot better , Id hate to just give up.
Yes they were just terrible, PorkPal. I woke up to dead quiet, pitch black and no electricity, around 1:30 am. Then all of a sudden lightening and wind was everywhere. I know they said no Tornadoes were in my exact area but when you lay there in the dark and you hear this roaring ,ROARING thunder that does not stop or quiets You know that something is wrong. The weather people called it Straight Line winds...Well Im here to tell you that they were right over my head and they were Horrible!
I came out just fine and so did my chickies, some of my neighbors still do not have electricity. Some trees down but no one (in my area) was hurt, thank Heavens!
WE were posting at the same time Howie!
Yes crazy crazy weather here for sure! Rains every day for thepast two weeks and the temps have gone from freezing to the high 90's and now we will go down to just above freezing again tonight! I'll have to cover the new little brooder with a plastic tarp for sure this evening!
We went through so much rain a couple weeks ago, I really started to worry. There is a canal 1/2 mile from here.. a few years ago they revamped the levees, but when it's full it's HUGE.. Like 20 feet deep I'd bet... and very scary cause it is so close.. but we were okay.. and it didn't get as high as I've seen it before. There are a lot of floods here too Haystack.. It's so sad with the economy being so bad.. I don't know what folks will do.
I'm glad all was okay for you Eufaula.. I wouldn't give up on a hatch even if it seems hopeless...
Recently, I've had one of those times I took eggs when I shouldn't have like 3 times.. I'm about DONE with broody hens and hens sneaking in to give em some extras... and then the Seramas got off their nest and left 15 eggs... I KNOW some were good, unfortunately, nothing I could do.. really sad.
I know what you mean ZZ. I have a BL red Wyandotte Hen that will lay her eggs and set at night , but will not stay on the nest during the day! I watched her for almost 2 weeks hoping that sooner or later she would set normally but she wouldnt do it! Needless to say I am not getting any broody hatched Wyandottes!
ZZ's I told you I had sold my incubator, but the lady has never come over to pick it up. So I have decided to just keep it. That way if a silkie doesn't go broody or doesn't stay on the eggs I have the bator as a back up...I'm sure glad everyone is safe with this crazy weather. I'm just sick about what people will do with loosing their homes and this economy being so bad. I can't believe how fortunate I am, not being in the work force anymore and at least having a peice of dirt, where I can still hang my hat...Hay
Yeah, I love broody hens, and the ease of them taking care of them. Really, I shouldn't complain, I took a huge chance on the lavender eggs being any good..
AND the Serama sisters hatched a baby, it was just too interesting for them to stay on the nest.
I'm glad I don't have a bator really.. I know I could have saved some, but I have no where to keep them if the mom didn't take em back.
Blah, this weather can turn to spring any time now. A section of the main road we live on was washed away, too many pot holes close together, they're trying to repair it now. The rivers and creeks have crested yet again. If it so much as sprinkles today it'll flood. Rain and snow for the rest of this week too. The daylilies are coming up, some are up about 6 to 8 inches so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
I loaned my incubator to a friend LOL, I need to step away from the chickens. There are too many awesome hatcing eggs for sale and I want some of all of them! I'm just loving the 29 chicks we have now, I can tell some are roosters, about 8 or 9 of them. Sure wish there was a broody to help take care of them, I really loved watching them be full throttle moms! But, I also like the chicks thinking I'm their mom and come running when I talk to them.
I'm going to be a slacker and take a nap - in broad daylight - up all night with a sick child. I love her with all my heart, she is sure a challenge and tests every ounce of patience and knowledge I have about her condition. By the time I wake up she'll be home from school and we can start fresh again, just seeing her smile gives me strength to keep going for her. Good night!
OK Eufaula were all on hatch watch with you. I just hatched six new serama babies Sunday and Monday and their all gone already. One Lady bought them all. Next hatch will start sometime next week...
Annie please step away from the chicks...LOL...Your a wonderful grandma for that little girl...Just think!! What would happen to her if it were not for you...She is so lucky and someday she will realize it...Hay
Hi everyone, yes we are on countdown. Im a little worried though! Chicopea has been kicking eggs out from under her. Ive found two so far that she just refuses to keep warm. So on last count I believe she still has 12 eggs under her. Its a lot and I know that she knows whats best so we will just have to wait and see!
She has Serama and cochin eggies, the seramas are due to hatch today, Im not sure when the Cochins will hatch. If they are 21 day'ers I guess I'll have to do some switcheroo'in to keep her from abandoning the late hatchers. Ive the the brooder ( aquarium) ready and waiting.
Ok now this is a first for me! I noticed Chicopea, was strting to get up and down a lot, to...SCRATCH, herself not the floor! She has little mites on her and I saw 2 tiny little buggies on the eggs!
Can I dust her now and the broody box aquarium or not! ..and what with??
Thanks Hay, Ive never had a problem either, so this is very distressful for me! Im afraid now to separate the new babies when they get here and put them in the brooder, I guess I'll just leave them with their mama and hope for the best.
Ive used Diatomaceous Earth in the Hen House mixed with sand for their dust baths but never on newly hatched chicks!
I use Poultry dust.. DE is hard on their lungs if you ask me.. I won't use it as a dust. It is very common for broody hens to get lice or mites.. they are "sitting ducks" I dust broody moms and the residual dust will (hopefully take care of the chicks) I pick up the bird and dust their bottom, then put em down and put a "pile" of dust on their back and rub it under their wings..
The best way to check em for lice or mites is put the chicks (or hens) on a piece of white paper... tiny specks will be crawling around on the paper in time. (get your glasses, they are very hard to see)
Im Back! I made myself hurry , chickies need dusting...no time to kill looking at new babies in the chicken tubs at TSC!
Got the dust, dusted Chicopea and her brood box. ZZ you think its safe then to put the dust under her too! Well back out to the barn.
You arent kidding , those little varmits are tiiiii-ny! I saw one or two on the white eggies! they are the same color as Chickopea, very hard to see!
Oh ... and no pips yet...darn it!
Ok, so my power went out twice. On day two and then again on day three. Both times the temps when down to 54-57. The power was out for about 8 hours the first time and 24 hours the second time. Friday was day 21, and I have 8 new olive eggers! Right on the dot. Kind of crazy! Always amazing!
Eufaula we are all pacing the floor, make an appearance pleeeeeeze. Babies n more babies...Hay
Honest, I had to show you this pic. I had the camera ready, Karen was holding our new little black Serama. She put him down in the center of the doilly she made and even with the camera at ready he ran off of the doilly and flew down to the floor and all I got in the picture is what you see. I have never ever seen a hyper baby like this. You can't hold him more than a second before he flies away...This bird is crazy...Hay
I had to work 8 hours today, Paper work, Yuck, but it kept me busy. I wasnt running out to the broody box every 10 minutes. I think Chickopea was appreciative!
I got home at 5...no chicks!! Chicopea was off her nest letting it cool a little. the barn was very warm, so I guess she decided after 20 days of setting and no chicks then me giving her another set of eggs and another 19 days, she was due for some R&R.
I know for a fact that 3of the 4 eggs that she kicked out of the nest were ok. I pipped the tops off and one wasnt fertile(Serama), but the 3 cochins are just fine. I covered them with a moist crocheted sqare,and put them into the incu 2 days ago. I keep a check on them and now they are in a broody aquarium with the moist square still on top of them...so far I can see movement under the 2 layers of membrane and I assume since they are viable that Chickopea must have at least 9 good babies under her! sooooooooooo...we still wait!
Imagesoart, thank you that makes me feel a lot better and gives me more hope!
Hay, one thing for sure that little black has just toooo much energy for a show Serama! He would never tabletop well! LOL!!
I know when incubated Serama eggs only go 19 days a lot of the time, but under a broody they might go the normal 21 days.. Incubator temps might be warmer, which makes them hatch early.
I had a broody get off the eggs for an entire day.. the day after she was on the eggs.. I freaked cause I thought the eggs started to develop.. but amazingly enough.. they went on to develop! So ya just never know..
OH Porkpal that was just to funny: I was truly laughing out loud. No kidding, I honestly have never seen any baby that I have raised that runs up and down all day long at the front of the fish tank Brooder. My wife was holding the baby and she fell asleep, I was outside and when I came in I could not find the chick in the brooder and it was not with her. I panicked and woker her up, asked where my baby was and she did not know. She went to get up and it had gotten it's head under her baggy sweatshirt cuff and had gone clear up her arm to the elbow. Several hours later I was holding him and I fell asleep. When I woke up he was under my shirt collar sleeping. No poo thank God. He is only four days old and he never stops. The energizer bunny is what he reminds me of...Hay A couple of pic's
Im at work and will be going home in about 15 minutes... Im sooooooo nervous! I was not wanting to come in at all ... soo excited about new babies hatching while Im here! ( Hopefully) Im thinking positively! sooo ..gotta go and get home See you all later!!! Cross your fingers!
Well its 9 oclock here , Just got dark out, been sitting in the barn staring at Chickopea! All she can do is yawn, stretch , and everynow and then give a little chirpy chirp and bend her neck and push her eggies around under her so she can be comfortable. No pip that I can see...so tomorrow is day 21, hopefully there will be good news.
More storms moving in tonight, I'll be in another Tornado Watch until early morning , according to the weather radio. Everyone is tucked in and locked down for another bumpy night!
Good morning All! No Storms after all, thank Heavens! No Babies either!
Mama is still holding her own and waiting, but I'm a little worried about her! She is starting to make the wierdest clicking noise as she breathes. Its not something she is purposely doing , not a clucking or chirping , but something from inside her chest it seems! Her breathing is very quick and shallow. Do you think she is getting sick or is this normal for late in the hatching process? I know she gets up to drink and eat a little and her BIG (pregnancy) poops are really smelly, but she has no problems with them.
I havent got any news...nothing this morning before I left for work. I didnt want to leave though, Poor Chickopea, now shes starting to Wheez when she breathes. I picked her up and she didnt even flair her feathers at me.
None of the eggs were pipped none were cracked ! I fear that its going to be another lost hatch!
Im afraid that Im going to lose my Sweet Chicopea though! I will take her off the nest this afternoon and see if I can figure out what is wrong with her. I know that even if she does have any hatchlings this afternoon that I will take them from her now. She is just to exhausted and run down.
I sure hope she comes out of it. I know she is special to you. My little girl is still mopey. And she is opening her beak as if the breathe now and again but no sign of mucus. DH is going to try and get some antibiotic again tomorrow.
On a sad and maddening note, Tramp, the puppy, killed one of my little chicks. He ran it through the wire and got it. I whipped the starch out of him and tied him back up. DH brought him a new collar from town. I was so mad I could have killed him. ( the dog not DH)
I hope you can get some meds for her.. I'd use some VetRx for breathing.. Helps like Vics..
Boiled Egg yolk, yogurt (for her gut) & lay crumbles with a bit of water would be good to feed her.. Nice and soft.. loaded with nutrition..
Hi Guys, She seems to be a little better today. When I got home she had had a really BIG Poop! So I think a lot of her stress was the fact that she had refused to get off the eggs for 3 days. Her breathing is better but she still "Clicks" when her breath goes in and out, no Wheezing.
I tried to take her off the nest , but she went ballistic. She never tries to peck me and doesnt have an aggressive bone in her body, but she let me know right quick that she had no intentions of leaving the nest.
I took two of the eggs and topped into them, the chicks were still alive, so I placed them back under her. I dont know if they will finish hatching, but we will see. She still has ,( I think) 6 under her now, all Cochins. None of the Seramas were any good...Which makes me think that maybe I need to Switch Roos in the breeding pen.
Thanks guys for all the concern and tips. I have "Sweetened" her water and gave her boiled egg mash. Will see about getting some type of anti-biotic.
Cajun, it just means I pecked open the egg at the big end. Just breaking away the smallest amount of shell without breaking the membranes. This way I can see the chick move. I usually use an Ice pick or Nut pick.
Yesterday I noticed Chicopea pushing and sqirming around to move eggs out of her nest while protecting the newbie baby. I held each one of those eggs and realized something was wrong. They were cold and dry. Only one was actually warm and Peeping. So I topped the last 5 and sure enough the babies were at least a week immature and dead. the one that was peeping and pipped was so dry and the membrane was like tough plastic. I put it back under its Mama and little hatchling sibling.
This morning the little egger was still trying to get out of its shell, but couldnt because it was so hard and dry. I peeled the shell away and placed it back in the nest.
The cute thing was that Chicopea acted as if she knew they needed help. When she saw me come into the broody barn and sit in my chair to watch her, she immediately got off the nest and went to the waterer. She knew I was going to help them. As soon as I placed the new baby back into her nest she came over and calmy sat back down over them again. ahhhh nature!
So we have only 2 babies but thats alright. I will get photos tonight!
I am green with envy for your blue chicks. LOL I am happy for you and for the chicks. I have never heard of topping. How soon can you do that and not harm the chick? Can't believe the hen lets you handle the eggs. My game broody will attack you before you even get to the nest.
Very Sad Sad news! I found both babies dead today. One still in the nest , looked as if it had just gone to sleep and died. the other had gotten into the waterer and drowned. So please everyone put marbles into the waterers so this wont happen to your babies.
I just am not having any luck with babies this year at all. I still have eggs under "Sweet Tater", all Seramas, and 8 Cochin in the incubator. I am just not even going to think about them right now, I just cant get my hopes going again.
I know that the others had a rough time from the start, with the electricity going out and the sudden drop in our temps due to the storms that moved through, so maybe these two sets of eggs, natural and incu will have a better chance.
I'm so sorry with you Eufaula :o( Loosing those babies is just exhausting and disheartening. I truly am sorry for your loss. I wished everyone would use those drown proof waterers. They work so well, and only need to be used for a week. Once the babies are a week old unless sickly they are very unlikely to drown in a waterer. It's those first two or three days I worry about. I use them religiously unless I can be with them most of the time. Night time is dangerous cause most of us need our sleep. I do hope this won't keep you down as you are a real breath of fresh air...Hay
That happened to me once too. The chick jumped into the water I had for the hen. It never occurred to me that he could get in there. Hopefully I learned a lesson.
The water had been there for her while she was on the eggs. When they were born I should have removed it. It was heartbreaking. I just have to say to myself, "I won't think about that." We cannot change the past. It's over.
hm. I have one of those, but the chicks seemed to have difficulty getting to the water, they had to bend down and crook their necks so much. I'll re-visit the problem, maybe I was overly concerned that they wouldn't get enough from them. They can really drown in the wider ones, huh? I can see bowls and such (and especially buckets and troughs) but I thought the regular jar type chick waterers were okay. I shall find marbles, not worth chancing even the possibility.
I'm so sorry for your loss Eufaula.. It is so hard to loose babiez. I hope you get a good hatch real soon. :(
Catmad, like Haystack says, it's just the first few days to a week that the danger is the highest.. They fall asleep so fast, it sounds crazy, but they do it often, especially the first week. The lil quail waterers are a bit of a pain, but they are a lot safer. Marbles really help too, as long as there are no deep pockets of water.
ZZ's mentioned something I really think bears repeating, waterers should not be put up against the unit anywhere if possible, the babies like seclusion and often get squeezed in the cornor and then fall asleep and drown. It takes very little water to drown a baby and it is so painful when it happens. It's so difficult to cover all the bases but it's worth trying to prevent the loss of those precious little ones...Thanks for the reminder ZZ.s...Hay
OH I did want to metion this. Poor chickopea! When I discovered her dead babies, she was standing over the drowned one, making the most pathetic broody , whimpering. I picked her up and she didnt even bother with her fluffing of broody feathers. She was so un-broody like and the pathetic low murmering she was making sounded as if she were really crying. I took inside the house and let her sit in my lap for a while then put her into a box where she stayed until I could put her in a pen with another Serama single Hen.
Shes doing well today and She now has her own Quarters. She will be retired as of today!
Awww Catmad just has the "Caint Help Its"!!!
I forgot to mention, that I have a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte that went broody last week. We wont talk about her though, or the miscellaneous eggs she gleaned from all the girls in the Hen House, or the 3 guinea eggies that mysteriously found their way into her nest???????? Easter Bunny Maybe??
*G*. Maybe 97 people don't register. It's about halfway between Greenville and Anderson, at the juncture of state road 8 and state road 20, on the Saluda River. One side of 20 is Pelzer, the other West Pelzer. I don't even really live in Pelzer, but it's my mailing address. I'm on the other side of the Saluda River, in a diferent county. No, I don;t know why, either :)
I looked that up and it is on the map , just not listed in the back . You aren't that far and on the Georgia forum , Laurel , aka Maypop is having a R U the 25 of June . I hope Eufaula can come again and maybe you can join in .
Well...Im back with some more sad news. Sweet Tater , Chickopeas daughter , has been sitting on at least 11 eggs, all Serama. The first hatched yesterday and was chirping up a storm when I got home, I decided to let it be and not disturb them. This morning it was dead. Chick #2 came today , but it died within an hour.
Now I know my birds are all pretty small, Chikopea being the smallest at 12 oz., her "Tater" rings in at 12 and 1/2 oz. the largest hen is just under 14 oz. The roos are all between 14 and 15 oz. So Im gonna say that the problem is definitely the "lethal gene". Both babies that died were white , as 3 of the possible Mama's are,the pops are multiclored, ( humor me here) so Im gonna assume that the babies were white like Mama and were probably roos . So Im not going to be sad about them dying.
So now we wait for the other 8or9 to get here ...I will not get my hopes up to high.
But this will kill my urge to try and raise anymore Seramas. I just do not have any luck with them.
Now "Lacey" my BLR Wyandotte, is still setting. She hasnt moved at all for 2 days so Im thinking there should be some results soon on her crazy assortment of mixed up babies. The only pure bloods will be Wyandottes, the rest ...welll lets just say,,,I have Wyandotte,Silkie, and Serama roos and a Guinea. The Hens shared her nest ,so I have no idea what we'll get, exceopt for the "Easter Bunny" delivery of 3 guinea eggs!
Eufaula, have you checked for mites/lice recently? I know it's a long shot... a broody will attract them out of thin air it seems.. the babiez get infested really fast and it weakens them...
Other than that, I know a small bird is hard to get good babiez.. I have the same problem. Few eggs develop, and fewer hatch... I'm not leaving them to brood anymore, cause they need an expert mom.. or a bator.. which I'm totally against, but the tiny ones need more than a casual brooder like my Seramas.
Yep, I had that problem when Chicopea was setting but I got a really good lice and mite powder and treated her and the broody Box. Then disinfected the box and dusted it before putting "Tater's" little box in it. ...so no buggies!
Well, if you are sure Taters doesn't have mites.. I don't think there is much you can do.. The chicks don't need water or food for 24 hours, and if they fail before then, you can't really do anything about it. :(
Sugar water would perk them up temporarily, but it's mostly only used to give em some energy to get them to eat..
I'd have boiled egg yolk, electrolyte water paste ready for them if it were me.
I have been getting ready for them, boiled eggs and sugar water on my list, but they never even get dry before they die. They fought so hard getting out of the shells, that I just knew they were going to be strong babies. they never even get a chance to walk before dying .
Then it's out of your hands I think.. :( Unless you bring them in and force feed, but I don't think that's going to make a difference, they are not starving.. or dying from lack of nutrition.. :( So sad.. :(
Digger I have helped them outof the shell before and had good and bad results. Each time is different. This time the chicks came out on their own but just didnt live any longer than a couple of hours. So nutrition or dehydration is out, it has to be the lethal gene that some Seramas are born with.
Poor Chickopeas babies had to contend with cold weather and storms that disturbed Mom. Her first batch were put under her straight from the incu when the Electricity went out, they didnt have a chance.
ZZ...You know you may have hit the nail on the head! My Serama Flock ,Except for Chicopea, were in breeding pens for the winter. they didnt get to free range and have not had access to fresh greens or bugs! I only fed them layer and boiled eggs . I have been talking to some one about caged birds and they said I ought to give them Alfalfa pellets that have been soaked in water along with the layer and add the boiled eggs to it.
May be this is the problem I really havent a clue!
I just can't get it through my thick head why they would live long enough to get out of the shell , then die so soon . THAT doesn't make sense to me .
Maybe someone from chicken research at Ga . Ag . knows . You know me , Lynn , I can't stand to have something die on me . Like you , so soft hearted .
I am convinced not free ranging has something to do with it! I have no proof other than shipped Serama eggs... I was never able to hatch more than one or two until I got some free ranged eggs! Then I got great results.. the best ever.
My seramas haven't been out much either.. and I'm having the same hatching results you are.. :(
So yeah, it's not like it's a "stronger egg" but the lil things are so delicate as it is, I would bet big money on it though..
I have to stress that I have no scientific proof.. nothing to go by other than my experience. If you read about hatching, you will see that feeding is a huge factor in breeding/hatching... Although you may be feeding them the best feed money can buy.. it's not what they can get from good ole Mother Earth.
Well I believe it! between not getting enough fresh air and good green grass and live natural protein (bugs) that would be equivalent to a human mother to be sitting in the house and not going out in the fresh air to excersize and not eating right... the baby just will not thrive!
Now that Ive thought about this... no more egg setting until the parents have been properly conditioned!!
Well I finally have some good news! "Sweet Tater" finally hatched one little baby! It hatched out day before yesterday , but I was afraid to take any photos for fear it wouldnt make it like the rest. Its doing okay though! The only problem with this little Serama is that its left eye is glued shut. I wont handle it too much yet, still waiting for it to actually start eating and drinking regularly. It drinks very well but still would rather just fall to sleep wherever it stands. Mama Tater is taking really good care of it.
So Far So Good!!!! It has learned to watch its Mama and is eating and drinking really good, it even will go to the waterer( with flat marbles in it) and drink whenever its thirsty.
Digger I believe the count is;
3 (Silkie trio)
3 dark brahmas
2 Buff o
2 (pair BLRWyandottes)
3 Plymouth BR's
2 Penciled Wyandottes (I think)
1 Lavender Splash Cochin bantam
5 Serama Roos
7 Serama Hens
1 Serama Baby
That makes thirty
Yeah , I know . We are best friends and I couldn't spell Eufaula for the longest . It became Oofie and it stuck with me . I forget to call her Lynn or Eufaula sometimes and it comes out Oofie . Sorta a pet or nickname . LOL
That is a sweet pea wing for sure! Doesn't work well with Seramas though.. Without another one the same age, there is no way to guess...
I have a loner baby that I am just now realizing it is a she.. She is broody with her mom and her Aunt Gina! Crazy cause she is only a month old.. LOL My coops have been vandalized so much, a lot of mine are going broody. :(
My chickens are not on my property, I had to move in with mom to care for her.. and now the kids are terrorizing my chickens and leaving gates open, dumping things out, etc. Yeah, it's been a living hell the last couple weeks. If I catch who is doing it, I'm calling the Sheriff. That is private property, no one has any business getting in there.
Oh, I know how that is. This may sound silly, but just putting a sticker up or sign that says Video 24/7 really seems to help. Stats are that saying the property has video cameras or an alarm system cuts down on burglaries 70%, even if you have no cameras or alarm.
I like the sticker with the gun pointing out that says "Property owner does NOT dial 911", not that I would ever buy that sign, I just find it humorous. :) I have warning stickers on every window of my house.
My vacant duplex by the park gets vandalized quite often. The hispanics have just taken over that area and the young boys and teens run in packs. So, I do understand the problem. Which reminds me I need to go back over there, maybe this morning, and finish mowing and picking up trash.
Okay , here are acouple more photos of my one little chickie baby. The thread is getting a little long and has completed its mission. My little girl ( hopefully) is very healthy and is growing in the most gorgeous wing feathers now.
Eufaula, what a beautiful picture! It looks like they both posed just for the camera!
This thread has been so very interesting... I'm considering raising Seramas to keep inside my house (like in a fish tank) instead of regular hens to keep out in a pen/coop, will avoid some problems like mice and rats!! Also severe winter weather and 24" snow at times. Will have to find out more about raising Seramas, though... "Mr. Google" doesn't give very much info about them. They sound like everything has to be miniaturized. Are there any good books on raising Seramas??
Do they survive shipment by mail very well as chicks??
Sorry lazarpl, I just checked in again while on break here at work. There is a lot of info out there about Seramas and I learn something new every day. but until you actually start raising them you wont get it! they are so sweet and tiny and they do love people. Even though sometimes you have an ocasional little "pickle" with an attitude!
Cajun is right , good ole' Haystack has been in it for quite a while with these precious pets. He can pretty much answer anything you want to know and if he cant ZZ's can. I know a little and I am still learning so I will we happy to jump in whenever I can!
I don't recommend keeping them in the house.. I know people do it, but I think it's cruel. They are almost as hardy as other chickens given special shelter from the severe cold.. I'm just against any chicken not getting to eat dirt and bugs.. I'm sorry.. It's just me.
I'm in California, so mine never see weather. I know Haystack has lost some in severe weather.. He would know more about that than me for sure.
I don't know that Seramas need any special care! I have 3 roos in with my full size layers and I have no problems at all. I only have one breeding pen for seramas now.
If you learn about general care, you've learned about Seramas in my opinion! Just watch out, they are addicting.. Just ask Hay!! LOL
Oh yes I thought Id give an update on Miss Chickopea too! Well retirement didnt suit her, she is determined to have her own babies! So she and Copperjack have a nest of eggies and we will see what we shall see. fingers crossed!