Monday, May 31, 2010
June 18 is going to be a big day for us - that's the day that the baby chicks are expected to hatch!!! Yes, we are going to have chicks!
We have had so many broody hens. Most of them get over it after a month, but dear Bella has been broody for over 2 months now. Poor girl. And Zoner came back into season - she was broody a month, took a month off, now is broody again. So, we gave in.
We kept 1 day of eggs from 28 May- that's 10 eggs. We have 13 hens, so that means only 1 hen other than Bella & Zoner didn't give us an egg. Bella & Zoner, being broody, don't lay anymore. The other hen that didn't lay that day was Freckles. Freckles is the original momma hen. Zoner & Bella, sisters, are daughters of Freckles, so we still have some Freckles genes in our flock. Freckles is older and doesn't give us an egg a day like the younger pullets. We may get an egg every few days from Freckles. So, that should give us a good mix of genes in the new chicks. It will be interesting to see what they look like.
Here's a pic of the flock taken back on 09 May. This was back when we had 2 guinea hens. Zoner is the white bird on the left with the puffy face, Freckles is the white bird beside her.
My fav roo, Leggy. I hope we get some leghorn chicks.
The most friendly hen is Lucy. She is my fav hen, she is so sweet.
Big Red, one of the roosters.
We divided up the 10 eggs, put 5 under Zoner and 5 under Bella. They both are so happy, so proud. Bella is a little mean, she pecks us when we check her eggs, and her pecks have started breaking the skin. Zoner is very gentle, but sometimes I find Zoner running around the chicken pen like a crazy hen, and her eggs are left unattended in the nest in the coop. I don't know how long she leaves the eggs, but I touch them and they are not warm, but room temperature. Can eggs handle that? Zoner eventually returns to the coop and sits on her eggs again. Zoner's a little spacey like that, she always has been.
Here we are in the baby room. No roosters allowed near the nest boxes. The roosters look at the hens while they sit, but they don't come close. Here's Zoner on the left, Bella on the right, both sitting on their eggs.
I can't wait for the babies - these will be the first chicks from my hens.
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