Saturday, July 07, 2007

Chick Check-in



Yep, we’re all still here, and there is much more peeping around here than before! Things are going well, and the nieces from Boston and other family got a good show and small lesson in the cycles of life. WF set 10 eggs under this determined broody hen, and found that 9 were fertilized (after careful candling). He left her the nine, and 8 hatched out well. One was very slow, and eventually didn’t make it… sad, but who can be too sad when there are 8 adorable little fluff-balls running around?

This hen is a first-time mom, but a second-year hen (ie not a hen from last year’s first hatch). She’s doing well, but seems a little more haphazard in her counting, and when she wants to scratch for bugs, watch out! The chicks fend for themselves a bit; I picked one up without her noticing. Peep!

See for yourself: adorable hens, relaxed mother hen (except for the ending; watch out!).



More posts soon; we had a great 4th, with lots of “iconic” summer in MN moments.

4 comments:

Sue said...

Little fluffballs, so cute! My daughter (age 3) is sitting next to me while I read blogs, and we had to watch the video three times, and she screeched with laughter at the end, every time. Good one, thanks!

RuthieJ said...

Loved hearing those little peeps. (the chipping sparrow in the background was nice too)

Schmutzie said...

This reminds me of how amazed I felt when I held my first chick when I was five. It felt like I would break it.

gtr said...

Thanks, all...

They are adorable... I watched Momma hen call them all back into the nest last night and get situated for the night... very cute. She does seem a bit more aware now: just a new mom hen, figuring out what these little fluff-balls are about!