The babies are here! The babies are here!
Are you ready?
We thought we had one more day to prepare!
Zoner's chicks have started hatching one day early. They were due tomorrow, but this morning the first one starting breaking out of it's shell. Now, 12 hours later, 3 have hatched and sadly, 1 has died.
The first to hatch was yellow with stripes. #1 is very active and feisty now. She jumps up to peck Zoner in the face when Zoner ignores her peeps.
The second one is all yellow, and is larger than the first. She reminds me of the leghorn rooster (Leggy) we had when he was a chick, she has the exact same look about her head.
About an hour ago, the third hatched. #3 is all dark, is very loud, but still is very little and wet from hatching.
# 4 and 5 were in the process of hatching, #4 halfway out of it's shell and #5 had a hole in it's shell. I could not see the last 2 eggs. But there's LOTS of peeps coming from them all!
The one chick that died was crushed when another hen tried to push her way into the nest box. Luckily Randy came in and saw the other hen and removed her, then he put some chicken fencing around the nest box to keep other hens out.
Sorry, no pictures today of the babies. I didn't want to blind the chicks with the flash, or upset Mama Zoner from her duties. I promise tomorrow there will be pictures!
Today Bella the chicken hen with the 9 guinea keet babies were let outside for the first time. Outside with the other chickens.
Bella has been locked in the "nursery", which is a pen made of chicken wire inside the chicken coop. That way she can see the other chickens and they can see her. But no one can hurt the babies. The nursery is big enough that she and the babies can move around, but she's been getting tired of it recently. The keets are 14 days old now. We've been letting Bella and the keets out of the nursery for a few hours every day, but kept her confined to the chicken coop and locked all the other chickens out when she was free.
Today Bella happily spent the day outside with her guinea keet babies. There were a few minor accidents where chickens tried to attack the babies. One keet got a hurt wing, but it's OK. It was cleaned up so there's no blood and it was released back to Bella. Bella got in a few fights, too, protecting her keets. Tomorrow, Bella and the keets come out of the nursery for good so Zoner and her babies can move in.
Here's a video of Bella and the keets taken this afternoon.