Fuzzballs and the Rockin’ Egg

SO excited to come home and check on the baby chickens.  I was pretty sure Momma was doing a good job, so I only let myself worry a bit.

I crouched down and took the video above. OMG so cute.  So there were still just three chicks; two blue-laced red Wyandottes, and one lavender Orpington.  Have I mentioned how cute they are?

The Orpington really fluffed up from the sad damp mess she was yesterday.  She’s actually the biggest chick today.  I put food and water out for the chicks, held out food for them, but they weren’t interested in either.

I allowed myself to pick up each chick, hold her (I hope), in the palm of my hand – so light I could not tell she was there – and then dunk her face in the chick waterer.  It seemed cruel, but I wanted to make sure they understood where to get water.

Later I noticed Momma picking up random food pellets in the nest and grinding them in her mouth.  The chicks would pick up little bits.  I again tried to hand feed the chicks and this time Momma was paying attention and showed them how.  I could tell she did it for them – not eating for herself, merely demonstrating that they should take this in their beaks.  And so they did, no questions asked.

Watching the chicks stumble about the nest, I saw the copper black marans egg move:

It had a large crack across half the egg and clearly someone was working to get out.  This takes (at least) 24 h.  A couple of hours later the egg was still unhatched and, mustering all of my restraint, I did not investigate or ‘help’.  I left it to The Kingdom.  Maybe this is The Nature of Things, after all.

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4 Responses to Fuzzballs and the Rockin’ Egg

  1. Nancy says:

    this is ceilah. thay are really cute.

  2. dan mcintyre says:

    Wonderful news Jen. Very exciting, even for an old man …
    We have geese hanging out in the front area all day these days. Lots of poop!!

  3. Erin says:

    So cute!!! And what a proud momma – the chicken looks pretty proud too 🙂

    -Erin

  4. Oh, i feel so proud, though i had nothing to do with it! So happy for your wee birdie family!

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