Dorking has 4 chicks

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June 14, 2014 by janem213

Like with Irene I added a couple of chicks to the ones the Dorking had hatched and she too accepted the extra ones. Here she is with all 4: 3 Jersey Giants (black, blue and splash) and a Buff Orpington.

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Initially like Irene they were in a small run as if the chicks are very young they can wander off, get cold and die. Also, although the enclosure has netting on top they are more protected in the small run.

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Today, 14th June, I put the Dorking and her 4 chicks in the enclosure. They are loving it! The Dorking proceeded to have a lengthy dust bath while the chicks began to explore. First sticking close to her…

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…and then getting more adventurous.

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Lovely to see her being such a good mother. Here she’s called them over to share some dried mealworms as a treat. They are about 2 weeks old now…

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