8.12.2007

To Brood, and Brood Some More...

Just a quick update...So far 16 chicks have hatched in the incubator, plus a few more of the remaining eggs have pecks in them. Hopefully, at least a couple more will successfully hatch.

I also gave 8 eggs to a broody Wyandotte out in the main hen house, although two of those hatchlings got trampled this morning in a dispute over her nesting box -- one of the leghorns was determined she needed to lay her egg in it, and two newborns became casualties in the process. We've since moved the Wyandotte, eggs, and two live hatchlings to their own quarters, hopefully the rest will make it. Live and learn.

I hate posting without pics, but there just hasn't been any time! Things should settle down a bit in a day or so and I'll be sure to get some photos. I do love me some fuzzy little chicks...

8 comments:

mrspao said...

Wonderful :) I'm looking forward to seeing your tiny chicks!

Chris said...

Chicks chicks chicks chicks!

pins&needles said...

Oh, farm life. It leaves no time for picture taking.

Beth said...

Babies and more babies. How do you know which ones are boys?

roxtarchic said...

and whats a wyandotte... wow your blog is sooo educational, i'm befuddled! (now i gotta go google)

Obsidian Kitten said...

plus, it's hard to carry around a camera when you're filling water buckets and feed dishes and stuff! lol

i have to get photos of the new chicks, they're so cute. of course, they look a lot like the last ones, lol...except one is entirely black, even his little feet. chris named him (her?) johnny cash...hehheh!

a wyandotte is just a breed of chicken, they have really pretty feathers. and they're been really good mothers! Goldie, who went off to hide out and hatch her eggs in May, is a golden-laced wyandotte. very lovely birds.

Gattina said...

Do you want to built up a chicken farm with 1000 chicks, lol ?? Teach them to use litter boxes !

Obsidian Kitten said...

I just counted today and we have 70 chickens and chicks now! Crazy! (And that doesn't even include the 13 guineas [yes, they're birds] out in the barn.)

It would certainly be nice if the birds would use a litter box. Mr. O'Kitten is not too happy about the two young roosters that have been camping out on our back porch...