20 days flew by!
Today is the 21st day of the hen sitting on her eggs. Which means – the babies are on their way!
This morning we already have 2 baby chicks! Several other eggs have peeped (meaning you can hear them chirping inside) and others have pipped (meaning they poked a hole through the shell). We are am just waiting for them to unzip – cut a line all the way around their shell. This is where things get tricky sometimes and they need help. But you must not help too soon or too late. So today and tomorrow we are all on egg duty.
The chickens and “grow bed” plants are growing!
Mama hen keeping her babies safe, even from me, by running into the the open, but short pen. On the other side of the pen are the “teenage” chicks that were trying to eat but when mama came – they ran! They know who the boss is.
The hope is that some of the plants will grow into the chicken area, but not be decimated by the voracious chickens.
Who knew hatching was so hard?!
Via various online sources and trial and error we have learned about broody “mama” hens and hatching eggs. Unfortunately, we lost several babies while still in the egg but we were able to help 2 babies hatch. That makes a total of 3 baby chicks born on the farm! 1 little one appeared to have a bigger body and feathers like a rooster, but time will tell.
For now Mama Hen has been busy taking care of her babies too. She lets them climb over and under her anytime they are cold, scared or wanting to play. She shows them where the food and water is and even how to dig for food that has spilled out of the feeder. She does a great job keeping her babies safe from the other chicks that are 1-2 months older too.
It’s been very rewarding but emotionally exhausting!
We have a new baby chick!
He/She arrived on 4/25/17. You can still see her little egg tooth on her beak as she is barely a day old in this photo, just learning to walk and eat. She is a mix between a Cuckoo Maran Rooster and a Buff Orpington hen. It is hard to work or do school with a cutie like this just outside! But her “mama” that hatched her is very protective and makes sure she is safe from us and the other little chickens that are about 2 months old.
Baby and the broody “mama” hen that hatched her are picture below. The broody hen is a 1 yr old Speckled Sussex and this is her first hatchling. We are waiting on the other 4 eggs that are under her to see if they hatch.
Here’s proud “papa” checking on his baby (and trying to figure out what I am doing!). The golden hen is a Buff Orpington, but since we have 4 we don’t know who the biological mother is.