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LITTLE CHICK AND MAMA CHICK

Mama had several eggs, but something got them before they hatched. It had to be a chicken snake because we had her penned up in the hen house. Anyway one little chick hatched. It is about 3 weeks old now. I put a dog crate in the bottom of the hen house and put them in there at night so the other hens can come in to roost. I have to protect the little chick because the hens have tried to get at him and luckily I saw and grabbed the hen and pitched it out of the hen house. Mama was fighting the other hen with all her might. I don't know when I will be able to set them free. But obviously Mama is ready to leave the hen house. When we went to put them in the crate Mama was on the roost and Little Chick was on its way up there. So cute I had to post the following pictures. The first is on the way up and then to bed on top of Mama. Shame we had to crate them, but I can't leave the other hens out at night. Some varmit would get them.
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awww.. what a sweet picture! It must be fun to watch them together like that!

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What a good mama she is - and she's lucky to have you to watch out for them...

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how sweet!!

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Lucille - I forwarded that to my chicken loving daughter. She loved it and said to tell you that the baby should not be with the others for 4 more months. The pecking order thing is nature at its cruelest!! She has some half grown ones that she is housing in a small crate beside the others so that they sort of get acquainted and plans to get rid of the dominant hen (who has stopped laying anyway) before she introduces the 2 new ones.
We don't know what it chicken snake is but agree it sounds horrible!
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Lucile that is too cute!

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Two sides of the chicken house are screened only. So the other hens see the little chick already. I guess I am soon going to have to let the Mama out with the rest in the day time. My husband thinks it would be fine to let them both out now. I know from my childhood that there was always a hen with a lot of little chicks around her. The hen would flog anything that threatened the chicks. We have been off the farm to long though. I don't want to take a chance with the little one. We took down the fencing and let them roam all the back yard so there is no protection from Josie Wales either or Rosie for that matter. So four months it is.

A chicken snake is a nonvenomous big snake that takes several forms. Some are called corn snakes, some look and act like rattle snakes and can scare you to death. But they grow big maybe 6 feet and even though they can't eat the hen, they can the baby chicks and eggs. Several years ago, we had a hen and several chicks in a wire crate. The next day the chicks were gone and the hen was dead in the crate. The snake had constricted the hen and swallowed the chicks. I hate them and we kill everyone we find--no capturing and turning loose somewhere else. The only good snake is a dead one as far as I am concerned.

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Two sides of the chicken house are screened only. So the other hens see the little chick already. I guess I am soon going to have to let the Mama out with the rest in the day time. My husband thinks it would be fine to let them both out now. I know from my childhood that there was always a hen with a lot of little chicks around her. The hen would flog anything that threatened the chicks. We have been off the farm to long though. I don't want to take a chance with the little one. We took down the fencing and let them roam all the back yard so there is no protection from Josie Wales either or Rosie for that matter. So four months it is.

A chicken snake is a nonvenomous big snake that takes several forms. Some are called corn snakes, some look and act like rattle snakes and can scare you to death. But they grow big maybe 6 feet and even though they can't eat the hen, they can the baby chicks and eggs. Several years ago, we had a hen and several chicks in a wire crate. The next day the chicks were gone and the hen was dead in the crate. The snake had constricted the hen and swallowed the chicks. I hate them and we kill everyone we find--no capturing and turning loose somewhere else. The only good snake is a dead one as far as I am concerned.


Amen sister!

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What a cute baby chick!!! And I agree...Kill them **** snakes! I bashed a snake in the head with a shovel one time. The significant other chewed me out cause "They eat them **** chipmunks that dig holes by my foundation!" I love chipmunks and hate snakes! So I shall continue to bash their heads if I get the chance!

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Lucile, I am afraid to go to bed lest I have a nightmare about chicken snakes!
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