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.
this is ceilah. thay are really cute.
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!!
So cute!!! And what a proud momma – the chicken looks pretty proud too 🙂
Oh, i feel so proud, though i had nothing to do with it! So happy for your wee birdie family!