2018 Tested Negative - Johnes, CL, Brucellosis & CAE (A Closed Herd)
From our experience raising chickens over the last 7 years, we've found that the true heritage breeds make better broody hens. That is not to say sex-links or other production-type hens never go broody but we've never had one go broody and raise any chicks.
Heritage breeds seem to have a higher drive to raise chicks. We've had a couple of Black Australorp's and Icelandic hens become broody and raise baby chicks and our Black French Copper Marans raise clutches but we've never had a Barred Rock, a Brahma hen, an Americana, or any of our Ida Browns or Ida Reds go broody.
Our Black French Copper Marans are fierce raising their broods. The hens are super protective of their babies. They excel at raising babies and seem to have a strong drive to raise clutches in the early spring just as the weather begins to turn.
We always prefer chicks to be mother raised so they too will have strong instincts not only through genetics but through parental guidance. We enjoy watching the mamma hen make different clicking and clucking noises to communicate to the babies.
This year we have been lucky to have two broody hens that are raising our next generation of French Black Copper Marans as we slowly transition to having only heritage breeds here at Mitten Acres.
The French Black Copper Marans egg has a thicker shell than most chicken eggs. Increasing the humidity aids the chicks piping and hatching out of their shell. Periodically, we have eggs for hatching available. If interested, just drop us line and we will let you know when we expect to have hatching eggs.
Since we've not had any issues with the health of our chickens, we do not medicate our chicks feed but we have had our day old chicks vaccinated for Merek's disease which is a highly contagious disease in chickens.
Once the chicks have had an opportunity to escape from their former egg house, we place them into a sanitized, warm brooder and introduce them to their drinking water and small food cup.
Periodically we offer baby French Black Copper Marans chicks or pullets for sale. If you would like to be put on our waiting list, just send us an email and we will get back with you on availability.
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