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 Post subject: Another newbie question or two
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:39 am 
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I have a dozen keets, when they are older could they be introduced to the 3 adults that I have and if so what age is best ?

What age should I keep the keets penned until , I was thinking about 4 mths old ?

When I let them out to free range will they join up with the other group or stay on their own ?

One of my adults has made herself a nest (our first :) ) and I was wondering when/if she is successful in hatching them should I just leave her to raise them and will she be ok as I have heard they are not good mothers.

Should I pen her with her babies or leave her free ?

Ok I apologise if these have been asked before but I am new here and didn't know where to find the answers.
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 Post subject: Re: Another newbie question or two
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:22 am 
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I have a dozen keets, when they are older could they be introduced to the 3 adults that I have and if so what age is best ?

What age should I keep the keets penned until , I was thinking about 4 mths old ?
5-6 months old is best as they are all but full grown

When I let them out to free range will they join up with the other group or stay on their own ?
Stay on thier own for quite some time maybe 12 months -2 years even longer

One of my adults has made herself a nest (our first :) ) and I was wondering when/if she is successful in hatching them should I just leave her to raise them and will she be ok as I have heard they are not good mothers.
They are the worst mothers and if you leave them out they will all be taken by preditors

Should I pen her with her babies or leave her free ?
Pen

Ok I apologise if these have been asked before but I am new here and didn't know where to find the answers.
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 Post subject: Re: Another newbie question or two
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:37 pm 
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Thank you. I was going to google it but then I have to sort the wheat from the chaff to get the right answers.
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Would it be ok to take the babies she hatches and raise them in the brooder or are they better with her in a pen?
Just planning ahead as we are building a new double chook/GF house with separate yards but we may not have them completed by the time the eggs hatch, I have a really small pen about 3mtrs square but I guess this is too small for her.

Cheers :)ps I only know horses these chooks and guinea fowls are a whole new thing LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Another newbie question or two
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:10 pm 
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Hey Fancythat.

I have no direct answers as I am new to the GF breeding side of things and am eager to pick the brains of those with more knowledge. A new hen acquisition recently started laying and I took 4 eggs from the nest and have placed them in an incubator as a hedge bet. She has 5 other eggs and still laying. I now have to wait 4 weeks and more.

I incubate Silkies and chooks ok so am expecting results with keets.


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 Post subject: Re: Another newbie question or two
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Would it be ok to take the babies she hatches and raise them in the brooder or are they better with her in a pen?

Yes in the brooder is the best way and the safest as mum may kill the keets accidently if you pen her up with them out of stress not deliberately.

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